The New Orleans police officer who was shot while patrolling the French Quarter has been identified as Trevor Abney.
Abney, 31, was driving a patrol cruiser with officer Brooke Duncan IV on Royal Street on Friday at about 4:30 p.m. when a pedicab on St. Philip Street approached the Royal intersection. A passenger in the pedicab fired a gun several times through the windshield of the cruiser, seemingly without warning or provocation, police Shaun Ferguson said later Friday.
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Abney was struck in the left cheek below his eye. Duncan was cut on an arm by glass shards from the shattered windshield.
The Police Department has not officially identified either Abney or Duncan, but multiple law enforcement sources who were briefed on the case confirmed their identities.
Eyewitnesses said neither officer appeared to have time even to return fire before their attacker ran from the scene of what Ferguson described as an ambush.
Other police officers took Abney to a hospital for treatment, Ferguson said. He was able to walk into the hospital under his own power and was responsive before being listed in stable but critical condition.
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Abney’s colleagues arrested the suspected shooter at the intersection of St. Peter and Decatur streets within minutes of the attack, Ferguson said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital to be the evaluated after experiencing what Ferguson described only as a medical episode during his arrest.
Abney, 31, entered the Police Department training academy as a recruit in 2015. He is now assigned to the 8th Police District, which patrols the French Quarter and nearby areas.
In November 2016, he received a special commendation from the Police Department after he and 8th District officer William Knowles rushed to aid a heroin overdose victim whom they found lying unconscious and not breathing on a French Quarter sidewalk. The agency credited Abney and Knowles with saving the man’s life.
Before becoming a police officer, Abney attended Northshore High School in Slidell. He also fought in the Iraq War with the Army National Guard, according to the Slidell-based Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5735.
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Duncan is a 16-year police veteran. Many in New Orleans knew his late grandfather, Brooke Duncan II, who reigned as Rex, King of Carnival, in 1971. His father is a prominent labor attorney.
Ferguson said he and Mayor LaToya Cantrell visited both wounded officers at the hospital on Friday.
“Trevor Abney and Brooke Duncan are valued members of the New Orleans Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Donovan Livaccari, an attorney for the order’s local lodge. “It has been my pleasure to know both of these officers, [and] we are praying for their swift recoveries.”
Livaccari said Abney’s injuries are “severe” and asked for the community to pray for his recovery in particular. “Unfortunately, it looks like officer Abney will have a longer road to recovery,” he said.
The Police Department hasn’t publicly named the man accused of attacking Abney and Duncan. But multiple law enforcement sources identified him as Donnell Linwood Hansel, 45, who was staying as a guest at a hotel about a half mile from the shooting scene.
Hansel is likely to face charges of attempted murder of police, a crime that upon conviction carries 20 to 50 years in prison per count.
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