Cadet Alfred E. Harrell

Cadet Alfred E. Harrell

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 1972

Alfred E. Harrell

Cadet Alfred Harrell was shot and killed by a sniper at 2255 hours while working the gate at the Central Lockup.

The sniper fired a .44 caliber carbine from a field 280 feet away. Cadet Harrell was scheduled to end his shift only five minutes later.

Minutes after killing Cadet Harrell, the suspect shot Sergeant Edwin Hosli, who was searching a nearby warehouse after an alarm went off. Sergeant Hosli succumbed to his wounds on March 5, 1973.

On January 7, 1973, the suspect also shot and killed Deputy Superintendent Louis Sirgo, Patrolman Paul Persigo, and Patrolman Philip Coleman after setting fires and shooting at civilians in a 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 him.

Cadet Harrell had been employed with the New Orleans Police Department for less then one year, and is survived by his wife and 9-month-old son.

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.

Bio

  • Age 19
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .44 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It's horrific that a innocent kid like you died. Today I don't think police officers can even do outside work until they are 21. RIP

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