An officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans was found shot to death in his patrol vehicle at around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, reports. According to police, the car still had its lights on and was in drive, apparently having come to stop after hitting a curb.

It wasn’t immediately clear when or why the 45-year-old officer was killed while patrolling an unpopulated block of under-construction public housing.

“What we know right now is that he was fatally wounded, and it is just a sad day,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison told WWLTV. “We are all very touched by it and our thoughts and prayers are with the chief, his family and the officers of the housing authority.”

HANO police chief Robert Anderson told reporters that this is the first on-duty death in his department’s four-year history.

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