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Police Officer Christopher Wayne Russell | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer

Christopher Wayne Russell

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, August 4, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1446

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Christopher Russell was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery call at a bar on the 1800 block of North Roman Street at 0330 hours.

As he arrived on the scene, three suspects were running from the bar and opened fire on the officers before they even exited their patrol car, striking Officer Russell in the head. Officer Russell was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

One of the suspects was apprehended a short time later and charged with murder, attempted murder, and 16 counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on July 27, 2004. The three remaining suspects were apprehended within two days and are awaiting trial.

Officer Russell was assigned to the 5th District and had been employed with the New Orleans Police Department for five years. He is survived by his expectant wife, 13-month-old daughter, parents, and a sister. His wife gave birth to his son in February 2003.

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Chris, I can't believe that it has been 14 years since you were taken away from us. You should be so very proud of your family. Your wife has done a phenomenal job in raising two wonderful children! Your daughter is just a beautiful your lady, and your son is a handsome young man. Both do well in school and are involved in sports and in C.O.P.S. activities at the State and National levels. I couldn't be prouder of all three of them and love them dearly. They are the brightest lights in my life! I miss you so much, but I know that we will be together again someday. Until then, know that you are loved so much.

Dottie Tardy
August 10, 2016


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