Westwego police officer Michael Louviere, who was shot in the head and killed while responding to an incident in Marrero on Friday morning (Jan. 20), was a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan before joining the police force in July 2015, Westwego Police Chief Dwayne Munch said.
Louviere, a 26-year-old father of two young children who lived in Marrero, graduated first in his class from the Kenner Police Academy, where he won multiple awards, Munch said during a press conference. Delivering the news of his death to Louviere’s wife at the hospital Friday morning was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Munch said.
“This was a cold-blooded murder,” Munch added.
According to Munch, Louviere ended his shift at 6 a.m. Friday and was headed home on Ames Boulevard when the officer saw what he thought was a traffic accident near the intersection with Barataria Boulevard and stopped to help. Louviere was in full uniform when he was shot, Munch said.