The woman’s husband called police around 8 a.m. and said his wife was threatening to commit suicide, and the responding officers found her outside in the driveway at 2818 Laurel, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot. As they talked to her, she went to a vehicle in the driveway and retrieved a gun, and the officers ordered her to put it down, Flot said.
“As the officers were backing out of the situation, they heard one gunshot, and the officers also fired,” Flot said.
Investigators determined the woman had shot herself in the head, and did not appear to have any other gunshot wounds, Flot said. The coroner will conduct an autopsy, but the incident is currently being classified a suicide.
Several officers were present, but Flot did not name the officer who fired the gun. The incident will be investigated by the force-investigation team, the NOPD public integrity bureau and the Independent Police Monitor, Flot said. A minivan was towed from the house during the investigation.
A neighbor on Laurel Street said he believed the woman and her husband were houseguests at the home. He heard the gunshots about 8:20 a.m., he said.
“It took me about two minutes to get dressed and come outside, and there were already cops,” he said.
After the police investigation concluded, a car came and picked up a man and several large suitcases from the house and drove away.