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NOPD officer shot at Dollar General store on Poland Avenue

captureOfficer John Passaro, a 3 year NOPD veteran, was the first of several police units to respond to a complaint of an armed robbery. The suspect shot three times, striking Officer Passaro twice. Passaro was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The unknown gunman (pictured) has not been captured.

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capture(NOPD) – On Wedensday, April 17,2013, there will be a fundraiser for 5th District Officer John Passaro. The event will be held at Generations Hall ( 310 Andrew Higgins ) from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The performers schedule to appear are:

Charmaine Neville, The Wise Guys, Kandeeside, The Bucktown Allstars and Kingsroe

All funds generated will go towards Officer Passaro’s unpaid medical expenses and loss of income.

$ 25.00 tickets will be available at any NOPD station, at Gulf Coast Bank, ( 848 Harrison, 201 Carrollton or 200 St. Charles ) or online at ( by way of PayPal ).

If paying at the door, tickets will be $30.00.

Any donations/ sponserships or auction items can be sent to:

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, 848 Harrison Ave.; New Orleans LA 70124
c/o Nancy Lytle
504-208-8179  or


New Orleans Police Department Public Information Office
Contact Officer Hilal Williams or Ms Jackie Harris
504-658-5858 or

Checks should be made out to the New Orleans Police and Justice Fondation and in the memo section indicate Officer John Passaro .

Also there will also be a raffle of a “NOLA Sports Package” valued at $1500.00 which includes 4 tickets to an LSU Baseball game, New Orleans Bowl, PGA Golf tournament and a one game personal party in a New Orleans Zephyr’s suite. Tickets to this raffle will be 4 for $20.00

capture(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. capture

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.

According to NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas, an officer responding to a disturbance at a Dollar General on Poland Avenue Saturday morning was shot and is now at the hospital in serious condition.

The NOPD is looking for a young black male, 5’7″, wearing blue jeans, a gray hoodie, a hat, and a blue and white bandana. Police say the suspect is believed to be 30 to 40 years old.

If you have any information on this, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.


A New Orleans Police officer is hospitalized in intensive care this afternoon after being shot multiple times at a store in Bywater this morning.

Preliminary information indicates that Officer John Passaro, a 3 year NOPD veteran, was the first of several police units to respond to a complaint of an armed robbery in the 1100-block of Poland Avenue shortly after 7am.  At first, it was not clear whether a person or a business was being robbed. Officer Passaro entered the store, observed no cashiers or other employees, and then walked toward the manager’s office.  He was unaware that a gunman had forced three employees into the office at gunpoint and ordered them to empty two safes for him.

The door to the office was closed, so Officer Passaro stood outside of it and announced himself as a police officer, which is when the gunman opened the office door and immediately opened fire.  It’s believed three shots were fired, two bullets striking Officer Passaro.  At that point, the gunman fled the scene.

Seconds later, a former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy, who happened to be a customer in the store with his wife, picked up Officer Passaro’s police radio, and broadcast “Officer down”, and gave the store’s location.  Within 2 minutes, multiple officers already dispatched to the original call arrived at the scene, and Officer Passaro was transported to a nearby hospital.

A perimeter was quickly set up around the area.  SWAT team officers, the Canine Unit as well as State Troopers and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office helicopters searched the area for many hours for the suspect, but at this time, no arrests have been made.

The suspect is described as a light-complexioned, African-American male in his mid to late 30’s.  He is approximately 5’7” with a slim build.  At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans, a blue or blue and white bandana covering the bottom part of his face and sunglasses.

If you know anything about this shooting, please call 9-1-1, as this suspect is considered armed and dangerous.  You can also call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111.  You will not have to give your name, and if the information you provide to CrimeStoppers leads to the arrest and eventual indictment of the suspect, you may be eligible for a $10,000 reward. A photo of the suspect will be released as soon as it’s available.

“This was an incredibly tragic event that forces both police officers as well as the public to recognize that every single day, our officers are putting their lives on the line”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Passaro and his family.”

“Our detectives are making great strides in this investigation in terms of evidence as well as interviews.  And the community has come forward to help us make real progress.”

“I am especially grateful to our NOPD team, the EMS and medical professionals at Medical Center of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and CrimeStoppers”, Serpas said.