Suspect in New Orleans officer's death indicted for murder

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Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The suspect in last month's shooting of a New Orleans police officer has been indicted for first-degree murder.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office Thursday said a grand jury indicted 30-year-old Darren Bridges in the fatal shooting of Officer Marcus McNeil during a struggle. McNeil was shot after his patrol team left their cars to investigate something suspicious shortly after midnight Oct. 13.

Cannizzaro, in a news release, says his office will pursue the death penalty.

Bridges also was charged with seven other counts, including obstruction of justice in a second-degree murder case and aggravated assault with a firearm upon a police officer. A judge denied bail on the first-degree murder charge and set a $250,000 bond on each of the other counts.

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This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the district attorney's last name is Cannizzaro, not Cannizzarro.