​Orleans DA to seek death penalty against man accused of killing NOPD officer

Hundreds gathered at the Household of Faith Church in New Orleans East. Officer McNeil was shot just three block away from the church while doing a routine patrol.

NEW ORLEANS -- The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty against a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer last month.

A grand jury on Thursday charged Darren Bridges with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Marcus McNeil.

McNeil, 29, was shot in the 6800 block of Cindy PLace in New Orleans East just after midnight on Oct. 13.

Bridges was arrested hours later after he surrendered to police following a standoff at his apartment near the scene of the shooting. He was wounded by one of the officers who was on patrol with McNeil.

A warrant for Bridges' arrest claims he shot McNeil after the officer tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

"From everything I know of Officer McNeil, he seemed to be very well-respected and admired by his fellow officers," District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said in a prepared statement. "We're going to do our best to see to it that Mr. Bridges is never in a position to ever hurt anyone else again."

The eight-count indictment handed up to Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson also charges Bridges with:

- Felon in possession of a firearm

- Possession with intent to distribute Buprenorphine

- Possession with intent to distribute cocaine

- Possession with intent to distribute alprazolam

- Possession with intent to distribute tramacol

- Obstruction of justice in a second-degree murder case

- Aggravated assault with a firearm upon a police officer, Stephan Stephano

"Under Louisiana law, the penalty for first-degree murder can be death," Cannizzaro said. "At this time, that is how we will pursue it." The DA’s office can later pivot away from that decision.

Bridges remains jailed without bond on the first-degree murder charge.

New Orleans Advocate Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.

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