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Patrolman Paul A. Persigo | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman

Paul A. Persigo

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, January 7, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .44 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Persigo, Patrolman Philip Coleman, and Deputy Superintendent Louis Sirgo where shot and killed by a sniper who had shot several civilians and set fires at a local hotel. Patrolman Persigo was shot as he attempted to clear civilians from the front of the hotel. The suspect, who was a member of the Black Panthers, was shot and killed by police, who used a Marine Helicopter to fly over the hotel and fire at the suspect.

The suspect was also responsible for the murders of Cadet Alfred Harrell and Sergeant Edwin Hosli, who were shot in separate incidents eight days earlier. Officer Harrell was killed instantly and Sergeant Hosli succumbed to his wounds on March 5, 1973.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

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