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Police Officer Marcus Anthony McNeil | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer

Marcus Anthony McNeil

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Friday, October 13, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 741

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Police Officer Marcus McNeil was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard shortly after midnight.

He and three other officers had just exited their vehicles to investigate. Officer McNeil located the man nearby and attempted to speak to him. A struggle ensued during which Officer McNeil attempted to deploy his taser without the desired effect. The man then opened fire on Officer McNeil, killing him.

Responding officers shot and wounded the man, who fled to a nearby apartment complex. He was taken into custody after remaining barricaded for several hours. He was charged with first degree murder and several firearms and felony narcotics offenses.

Officer McNeil had served with the New Orleans Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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Every time he starts a shift
I close my eyes and pray
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
He loves that job and he does it well
Without a whole lot of pay
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
When things get busy at the end of a shift
It's not uncommon to stay
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
Hurry on home when you get off tonight
The kids are in the school play
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
He seldom discusses the danger
I know that's just his way
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
Now he's gone for five days of training
With a hug and a kiss on the cheek
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home next week
You've worked so hard for that Sergeant's exam
We're so proud we cant even say
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
Now he's working a late night shift
So I sleep here alone with my fright
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home tonight
What a career - You're almost there
And finally we can get away
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
The retirement party is already set
We've planned it since early in May
Watch him Lord - Keep him safe
Let him come home today
Then early one morning, a knock on the door
And I listen to one of the officers say
As I scream out your name and fall to the floor
"He's not coming home today"

Rest in peace Sir.

Citizen
November 15, 2017

 

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