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Jose Valerio, 17
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 30, 2014

Agencies: New Orleans Police Department Louisiana | Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Police Department Louisiana

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An off-duty campus police officer shot and killed a suspected armed robber in Gentilly early Thursday, authorities said. New Orleans police said the shooting was justified and they did not arrest the officer, who works for the Southern University of New Orleans police department.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. in the 2600 block of Dreux Street where three women -- ages 23, 24 and 27 -- were approached by a gunman while stopped to deal with a flat tire, NOPD said. The 25-year-old SUNO officer was with the women after they called him to help fix the flat.

The SUNO officer was changing the tire when a car, possibly a Chrysler, approached and a gunman jumped out, pointed a gun at one of the women and demanded her purse, NOPD said in a news release. 

The woman handed over her purse. At that time, the officer "identified himself as a law enforcement officer," drew his gun and exchanged gunfire with the robber, police said