NEW ORLEANS – A man accused of killing a law enforcement officer during a basketball game in New Orleans was reportedly kicked out of Harrah’s casino earlier the same day for refusing to wear a mask.
According to WWL-TV, a new video obtained by the media shows John Shallerhorn, the man accused of killing Martinus Mitchum, who has been identified as a Second Town court officer who also worked as a police officer at the University. of Tulane, being kicked out of a casino the same day Mitchum was murdered.
Police bodycam video obtained by Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate runs early February 26, reveals Shallerhorn’s refusal to wear a mask and officers catching up with him near a bunch of slot machines.
“You have to put on a mask,” an officer told Shallerhorn on the video.
This officer tells Shallerhorn that if he doesn’t wear a mask, he will have to leave.
“What if I don’t go,” Shallerhorn asked.
“You are going to jail,” the officer said.
At this point, Shallerhorn decides he’ll leave instead of putting on a mask, but he’s visibly upset by the whole situation.
As he walks away, he comments to an officer before turning around and yelling “Good night, baby.”
This results in a mix up with the officers who then put on the Shallerhorn handcuffs. Once escorted outside, Shallerhorn continues to express his frustration with the mask requirement, saying, “When I go to Walmart, don’t wear a mask. I went to Home Depot, don’t wear a mask. So if I can go to these places and not wear a mask and I come here and I don’t, that’s discrimination.
After the ordeal, Shallerhorn was summoned for trespassing, then released.
Later that night, according to police, he shot and killed Agent Mitchum during a basketball game at George Washington Carver High School.
“This is a tragic and tragic loss,” Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said at a press conference on Monday.
According to WWL-TV, Ferguson said Mitchum was working in security during the game and attempted to escort Shallerhorn due to an altercation with a member of staff.
“He then initiated a violent confrontation by hitting the employee in the face,” Ferguson said.
Although some reports indicate that the confrontation was due to Shallerhorn’s refusal to wear a mask, police have not confirmed this information.
“This coming into the game, they were collecting tickets for the game, they were taking temperatures for the game, they were making sure everyone was complying with COVID guidelines,” Ferguson said.
These are the same guidelines that Shallerhorn seemed to contradict those from inside a casino earlier today.
WWL-TV reports that Shallerhorn is charged with first degree murder of a police officer and armed robbery.
The outlet adds that police said Shallerhorn also robbed someone in the parking lot on the same night as the fatal shooting at the basketball game.