Who is John Shallerhorn?
John Shallerhorn is identified as the suspect who killed New Orleans law enforcement officer Martinus Mitchum while intervening in an altercation at a high school basketball game Friday, authorities said. According to Tulane University, a shooting happened during a basketball game at Carver High School.
New Orleans police have confirmed that the altercation that resulted in the killing of Martinus Mitchum stemmed from his shooter, 35-year-old John Shallerhorn, being denied entry into a high school basketball playoff game for not wearing a face mask.https://t.co/tX0hI5I1Rr
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) February 27, 2021
How old is John Shallerhorn?
John Shallerhorn is 35 years old.
John Shallerhorn New Orleans
According to Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, a basketball game was underway at George Carver High School when an individual, later identified as John Shallerhorn, attempted to enter the game without a mask and was stopped. Police say a disturbance then ensued.
Ferguson said the deputy constable intervened and attempted to take Shallerhorn out of the building.
Shallerhorn then pulled a gun and shot the deputy constable, Mithun, in the chest, according to Ferguson.
Ferguson said the deputy constable was taken to UMC where he later died.
John Shallerhorn Arrested
According to booking information on the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office website, John Shallerhorn was arrested for armed robbery and first-degree murder of a police officer. Shallerhorn was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center Friday night.
He made an appearance in Magistrate Court Saturday, according to court records. Police say the shooting happened in the 3000 block of Higgins Boulevard.
Right before the shooting, Shallerhorn is accused of committing an armed robbery, according to the NOPD. A victim was sitting inside his vehicle in the parking lot of the school when he was approached by the suspect, identified as Shallerhorn, according to reports.
Shallerhorn allegedly raised his shirt and brandished a gun while demanding the victim’s medallion chain. The victim complied, the NOPD said.
Corporal Martinus Mitchum
Tulane issued a statement on Saturday:
“We are deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic death of TUPD Corporal Martinus Mitchum. Corporal Mitchum was a dedicated police professional who had a heart of service for the Tulane community. We have reached out to his family and are providing support to his fellow officers during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all the fellow officers with whom he served.”
Mitchum, a Tulane University police officer and reserve 2nd City Court constable, was working a security detail at a basketball game at George Washington Carver High School when he was shot and killed. Mitchum died after intervening in an altercation between John Shallerhorn and a school administrator