Police Officer Christopher Wayne Russell

Police Officer Christopher Wayne Russell

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, August 4, 2002

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Christopher Wayne Russell

Police 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 3:30 am.

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 27th, 2004. The three remaining suspects were apprehended within two days and are awaiting trial.

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


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1446

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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We are today, now incredulously 21 years past your ultimate sacrifice. I still think and speak often about all the fun times we had.

I miss you man

Peter A.
High school buddy and friend

August 4, 2023

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