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Police Officer Nicola Diane Cotton | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer

Nicola Diane Cotton

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, January 28, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 1869

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed

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Officer Nicola Cotton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a rape suspect in a parking lot off of Earhart Boulevard.

As she attempted to put a handcuff on the man, who was twice her size, he pulled away and began to struggle. During the struggle she lost control of her radio, but was able to recover it and called for assistance. As the struggle continued the suspect gained control of Officer Cotton's baton, and struck her with it. He was then able to gain control of her duty weapon and shot her fifteen times.

Responding units arrived at the scene approximately two minutes after Officer Cotton was shot and located the suspect still holding her service weapon. He was taken into custody by the responding officers.

On September 30, 2010, the suspect, who had a history of paranoid schizophrenia, was determined to be mentally incompetent and committed at a state mental hospital in Jackson.

Officer Cotton had served with the New Orleans Police Department for two years and was eight weeks pregnant at the time of her murder.

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Even after the years have passed, know you haven't and will never be forgotten. Growing up, my father was an NOPD Officer. I still remember the day he told me of this tragedy, forever setting my own interest and dedication to become a LEO. In high school and college, I conducted several in depth research assignments on you, officer safety, and public perception to honor you with you being a focus point. I sincerely have the outmost respect for you. Know that your sacrifice hasn't been in vein. Truly yours - my sister in blue.

Deputy William LaBiche
Saint Tammany , STPSO -reserve
August 29, 2015


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