Gunman opens fire on two New Orleans cops – shooting one of the officers in face

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Two police officers were shot as they sat in their squadcar in New Orleans on Friday.

One of the officers was shot in the face in the shooting, which occurred around 4.30pm in the city's French Quarter neighborhood in Louisiana. 

The gunman, who was a passenger in a pedicab, suddenly opened fire on the officers, witnesses say.

Witnesses claim the gunman stood up in the pedicab when the squadcar was at a stop sign before opening fire – blasting at least five rounds into the cruiser.

One officer was shot in the left cheek and the bullet is now lodged in his skull, according to New Orleans Police Department superintendent Shaun Ferguson.

The officer is in serious but stable condition, while the second received "minor abrasions" to his arm.

Mr Ferguson told Fox News: "Two of our officers were ambushed."

The second officer received "minor abrasions" to his arm, he said.

The pair were taken to hospital by other officers after the shooting.

Shocking images have also emerged showing the suspect lying face down on a pavement as officers surround him

It is believed witnesses helped cops take the man, who had a holser, into custody by pointing him out to officers.

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According to a witness at a nearby store, several loud "popping noises" were  heard outside a nearby window.

The witness claims that they saw two people flee the scene.

Cops didn't return fire and one cop yelled "Officer down!", according to WVUE.

So far the suspect and the two officers have not been identified.

The shooter is said to have fled the scene, but was later taken into custody in a nearby street just minutes after the incident. 

It is believed the shooter was having some kind of a medical episode at the time of the incident, Mail Online reports.

After his arrest, it is believed the gunman was taken to the hospital so he could have a medical evaluation.

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