Officer out of ICU, other recovering after Thursday's fatal shootout

Officer out of ICU, other recovering after Thursday's fatal shootout

POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 7:04pm

The New Orleans Police Department said an officer who was injured in a shooting that injured another officer and killed a suspect is recovering from surgery and is out of the ICU.

Doctors expect Anthony Mayfield Jr. should make a full recovery.

The other officer who was shot, Michael Asvedo, is still in the ICU, but is also expected to make a full recovery.

Both officers were shot when backing up Officer Jason Giroir on an early-morning traffic stop in the 500 block of North Bernadotte Street last Thursday. Police said the car’s license plate was not illuminated, and its driver, Earl Sipp, 25, failed to stop at a stop sign.

During the stop, police said Justin Sipp, 20, who was the passenger in the car, pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire on the officers. Giroir and Mayfield returned fire.

Earl Sipp was shot in the leg. Justin Sipp was fatally wounded. The Public Integrity Bureau is conducting a full investigation into the shooting, which is being simultaneously reviewed by the Independent Police Monitor and two FBI agents.

On Monday, police said Giroir noticed his taser had a hole in it. He brought it to the NOPD Academy, where it was discovered there was a bullet lodged inside it, police said.

Police said the bullet came from the gun that was fired by Justin Sipp.

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