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Officer fatally shot outside New Orleans high school basketball game

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 17:12:58-05

NEW ORLEANS -- A police officer working security at a high school basketball game in New Orleans has been fatally shot.

Police say 35-year-old John Shallerhorn tried to enter the game at George Washington Carver High School on Friday evening and got into an altercation with a staff member.

Authorities say Tulane University Police Cpl. Martinus Mitchum went to intervene, and Shallerhorn shot him in the chest.

Mitchum later died at a hospital. Shallerhorn was quickly arrested.

The basketball game was stopped and ultimately called off.

Tulane University Police Chief Kirk Bouyelas issued a statement Saturday in which he mourned Mitchum’s death, saying the corporal had been committed to service.