MARRERO, La. Aug 27 2016- An off-duty NOPD officer was killed when at least one car struck him, throwing him over the elevated West Bank Expressway to the road below.
The officer who died was identified by the NOPD as Tony Mitchell, 45, who was a 19-year veteran of the police department. He was currently assigned to the Eighth District.
NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison spent the morning with Mitchell's family. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
"It's the hardest thing I have to do, to knock on a family's door and tell them that their loved one has died," Harrison said.
The fatal crash occurred near the westbound expressway near the Barataria exit on Friday morning around 7:30 a.m.
According to Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the officer's vehicle stalled on the expressway and he got out of the car. Two other vehicles then struck his car and he was knocked over the railing.
"I don't know if he was working on it," Cvitanovich said. "I'm not sure what the sequence was, there was a several-car collision that ultimately struck him and threw him over the side."
The Ames exit to the expressway was closed and westbound traffic was being diverted off at Barataria Boulevard.
The identity of the officer was not made public pending family notification.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available.