NEW ORLEANS — A gunman was killed after trying to rob a New Orleans gas station East Tuesday night, police said.
The gunman walked into the gas station, got a drink and walked to the register before going behind the front counter and opening fire at store clerks, police said.
An employee fired back, hitting the gunman and killing him, a release from the New Orleans Police Department said.
Juan Barnes with NOPD's Public Affairs Division said killing the gunman was a "justifiable homicide," meaning it was in self-defense according to Louisiana law.
The shooting happened in the 6500 block of Morrison Road in New Orleans, where the road meets the I-10 Service Road, a release from police said.
"A store employee produced a gun and exchanged fire with the armed subject. The armed subject was struck and later died on scene, as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting," Barnes said. "The NOPD has determined this incident to be a justifiable homicide."
Anyone willing to share information that can help police in the investigation can call CrimeStoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free 1.877.903.7867
After an autopsy, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will release the gunman's name and the official cause of death but not before getting in touch with the gunman's family.