June 8, 2016

Natasha Hunter - Police Officer Fatality - New Orleans, Louisiana

Natasha Hunter
Police Officer Natasha Hunter, age 32, died in the line of duty on June 7, 2016, at a hospital in New Orleans.

Officer Hunter was a member of the New Orleans Police Department. She had over 11 years of service.

On June 5, 2016, at about 2:30 a.m., Officer Hunter was in her patrol car and was blocking traffic for another officer who was conducting an accident investigation on a New Orleans roadway. A vehicle drove through traffic cones and flares and struck her vehicle. 

Natasha was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, two days later, she succumbed to her injuries. 

Chau Thai Nguyen, age 33, was arrested and is suspected to have been impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision. He may be charged with vehicular homicide. 

Chau Thai Nguyen is innocent unless proven guilty. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Natasha and
for those who have lost her.
However, we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime. 

Natasha joined the Department in December of 2004. She worked in the 5th and 1st Districts. Two of Natasha's sisters also work in law enforcement.

The New Orleans Police Department is in mourning over the death of their sister. Natasha was a dedicated officer who loved her family, her job and serving her city. She was well-liked and well-respected by her comrades. She will be forever remembered.

Natasha's loved ones are devastated over her tragic death. She was loving and was loved in return. She did her best. She will be forever mourned.

Natasha is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including her five year old daughter.

Thank you for your service to the community, Natasha.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Natasha is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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