NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The New Orleans Police Department released new details Wednesday (Nov. 16) surrounding a shooting of an off-duty police officer in Mid-City back in October.
At 4 p.m., NOPD Supt. Shaun Ferguson alongside Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans President and CEO, Darlene Cusanza, announced the arrest of 33-year-old Henry Vicknair
The investigation began on Thursday, October 13 when officer Louis Blackmon, a four-year veteran of the force, was robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of Rendon Street around 10:30 p.m. During the robbery, a struggle ensued and that’s when police say the suspect pulled the trigger.
He was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition. Chief Ferguson said he recently spoke with Officer Blackmon.
“He is doing just fine, he is recovering very well. He sustained that gunshot wound to the abdomen but he is still very excited about being a New Orleans Police Officer, looking forward to returning as soon as he possibly can,” said Chief Ferguson.
Ferguson added that tips submitted from the public to Crimestoppers aided in Vicknair’s arrest.
“There’s a lot of information that we received, a lot of these tips we receive ultimately lead to either an arrest or further investigation that leads to other arrests and other things,” said Chief Ferguson.