(NOPD) – Officer John Passaro remains hospitalized in Intensive Care today, but is in good spirits as he continues to make progress in his recovery. He and his family are touched by all visitors who have stopped by to show their love and support.
Officer Passaro was wounded Saturday just after 7am at a store in the 1100-block of Poland Avenue when he walked in on an armed robbery in progress. A gunman fired on the officer multiple times, fled the scene and remains at-large this afternoon.
An updated description obtained by detectives after conducting several interviews is as follows: African-American male with a light complexion, between the ages of 35 and 40 years, standing approximately 5’7 and weighing approximately 140 to 150 lbs. The suspect utilized an unknown make and model .380 semi- automatic handgun that was both black and chrome with a short barrel. The morning of the shooting the suspect was wearing a plain gray zip up hoodie jacket, dark or blue jeans and an unknown type of shoes. He wore a pair of dark, wrap-around sun glasses and a white bandana with blue paisley print on it that was positioned over the bridge of his nose and covered his mouth as well. He was also in possession of a black draw string bag with a white Nike “Swoosh” emblem on it.
Below is a photo of the suspect as obtained from one of the store’s surveillance cameras. We’ve also posted a picture of the type of Nike bag he was carrying.
Please call 9-1-1 if you have information about this suspect, as he is considered armed and dangerous. You can also call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111 if you know anything about this shooting. If your tip leads to an arrest and eventual indictment of a suspect, you could be eligible for a $10,000 reward.