WATCH: NOPD says an off duty officer was shot dead while driving in an unmarked car on I-10

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson held a media briefing outside University Medical Center Tuesday night about an off duty New Orleans official who was hit by gunfire.

Ferguson began the briefing by reporting that an off-duty officer was shot dead. At about 8:50 pm, the officer was driving west in an “atypical” unmarked police car on Interstate 10 near the St. Bernard junction when he heard broken glass.

According to Ferguson, the officer initially did not know he was being beaten. When he realized he was hit, he drove himself to the hospital, where he is now being treated for a deep abrasion on his head.

Ferguson said he was responsive and in stable condition. He also said Mayor LaToya Cantrell was on her way to visit him at the hospital.

There are currently no suspects, description of offender’s vehicle or motive.

“We cannot say for sure that he was targeted because he was a police officer,” Ferguson said, as the officer drove a car with no NOPD markings or logos. “All we know now is that he was bullet wound to the head, he’s stable. and he reacts.

“This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by our Force Investigation Team, which normally handles officer shootings.”

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