Marcus McNeil: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Marcus McNeil.

Officer Marcus McNeil – who was affectionately nicknamed “Milk Dud” by colleagues – was identified as the New Orleans police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 13.

Police confirmed the loss of McNeil, a married father, on Twitter. The suspect is 30-years-old and has not yet been identified, but he was shot and is in custody.

The slain officer worked in the 7th district. “It is with a heavy heart, that we share that a @NOPDNews 7th Dist. Ofc. was killed in the line of duty. Our prayers are w/ family & NOPD,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Officer Marcus McNeil Was Killed in an ‘Ambush,’ Reports Say

“Police officer killed in ambush on routine patrol. Suspect shot and is in hospital,” reported WPTV on Twitter. The shooting occurred in the area of Tower Lane and Lake Forest Blvd.

According to CNN, a group of officers “exited their vehicle after observing what was described as suspicious behavior, the officers were immediately fired upon by a male suspect.”

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2. Officer McNeil Earned the Nickname ‘Milk Dud’

A 2016 story on the New Orleans police website revealed the officer’s nickname and quoted him as saying, “I was in field training when I arrested a subject who was attempting to get a rise out of me by calling me ‘Milk Dud’ because of my shiny bald head that he believed resembled the candy milk duds. Everyone in the district found it hilarious, saying it was true and then began calling me ‘Milk Dud.’ I’ve since embraced the name often referring to myself as ‘The Dud’ when bragging about a good arrest.

The slain officer was in a group of four when they came under fire.

“Gunshots were fired at four officers shortly after midnight local time (1 a.m. ET),” reported NBC News.

“One, possibly two officers, returned fire, perhaps striking the subject, and our officer collapsed right there on the scene,” the police chief told NBC.


3. McNeil Was a Married Father

Fox 8 New Orleans reported that “McNeil was a three-year veteran of the department and served as a Police Officer I assigned to the Seventh District, where he had worked since July of 2015.”

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The television station added that he is “survived by a wife and two children, ages five and two.”

According to CNN, the suspect fled the scene.

“The suspect fled to a nearby building. New Orleans SWAT surrounded the building and were able to get the suspect to peacefully surrender,” CNN reported.


4. The Suspect Was Also Shot Multiple Times

Both the slain officer, who died at the hospital, and the suspect were shot multiple times as the officer’s colleagues returned fire.

KCBD reported that the slain officer had managed to fire back before dying.

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The television station reported that “witnesses said they heard five to 10 shots during the incident. Investigators are canvassing the scene jotting down license plates to find people in the area who may have information.”


5. The Police Union Described the Officers as ‘Proactive’

Donovan Livaccari with the Fraternal Order of Police told KCBD that “the officers who stopped to investigate may have been in the area on the lookout for something suspicious.”

“I believe that these were proactive officers,” Livaccari said to the television station. “So they were officers that were actively looking for problems or looking for people that were that were causing trouble and it looks like that’s exactly what they stumbled upon.”

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