Officer Nicola Cotton
New Orleans, Louisiana Police
End of Watch: Monday, January 28, 2008
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, January 28, 2008
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Nicola Cotton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a rape suspect in a parking lot off of Earhart Boulevard.
As she attempted to put a handcuff on the man, who was twice her size, he pulled away and began to struggle. During the struggle she lost control of her radio, but was able to recover it and called for assistance. As the struggle continued the suspect was then able to gain control of her duty weapon and shot her several times.
Responding units arrived at the scene approximately two minutes after she was shot and located the suspect still holding her service weapon. He was taken into custody by the responding officers.
Officer Cotton had served with the agency for 2 years.
Officer Cotton is servived by her Parents.
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