Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer at a Carver High School basketball game in New Orleans.
The incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Friday at a basketball playoff game on the campus of George Washing Carver High School in New Orleans where Carver was facing off against Warren Easton High.
A person attempted to enter the game and had an altercation with a staff member, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told reporters Friday evening.
"The officer heard the disturbance and attempted to intervene to escort this individual out of the school," Ferguson said. "This individual pulled his weapon out and fired a shot that struck the officer in his chest."
The officer was taken to University Medical Center and later died, Ferguson added, offering prayers and condolences to his family.
Ferguson said the homicide department would take the lead on the investigation.
The officer killed was identified as Tulane University police officer and reserve constable Martinus Mitchell, 38, by the 2nd City Court Constable Edwin Shorty and the NOPD.
A suspect was immediately arrested, the NOPD said in a statement.
The suspect has been identified as John Shallerhorn, age 35.
He was booked early Saturday morning on a charge of first-degree murder of a policeman, and also faces a charge of armed robbery, jail records show.
Shallerhorn wanted to get into the game, but was denied entry because he wasn't wearing mask required by COVID-19 restrictions, police told NOLA.com.
He had also robbed a medallion chain from a 39-year-old man sitting in a car in the school's parking lot Friday evening, allegedly approaching him with a gun, police said.
If convicted on the murder charge, Shallerhorn would face life imprisonment or the death penalty.