Officer killed in shooting after man denied entry to basketball game for not wearing a mask

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NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police say an officer providing security at the George Washington Carver High School basketball game was fatally shot by a man who was denied entry to the game because he was not wearing a mask.

According to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records and New Orleans police, 35-year-old John Shallerhorn was arrested for first-degree murder of a police officer.

Records also show Shallerhorn was booked on an armed robbery charge.

Friday night, near the end of the first quarter of the Carver game against Warren Easton, multiple gunshots were fired. The officer was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says the officer was on the Tulane University force and a reserve constable with the Second City Court in Algiers.

As Shallerhorn was escorted out, he shot the officer twice, police said. Shallerhorn placed the gun on the ground and was arrested at the scene.

Shallerhorn is being held without bond.

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