What a sad story but what a brave women to fight like she did.....at least he waited for the other police to arrive and didn't bolt, but why on earth would he shoot her in the first place? http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23127653-12377,00.html By staff writers | January 29, 2008 A NEW Orleans policewoman fought for her life for seven minutes before a rape suspect she was trying to arrest took her gun and shot her dead. Officer Nicola Cotton, 24, approached the man who was wanted for questioning over a rape in her police cruiser and began questioning him yesterday. When she tried to handcuff him he attacked her, and a seven-minute fight ensued, police Superintendent Warren Riley told the Associated Press. The officer managed to use her radio during the struggle to call for back-up, but the man grabbed her weapon and shot her several times, Supt Riley said. "I can tell you, this officer fought with a man twice her size, and she fought very courageously," he said. "She followed procedure as far as we're concerned." The suspect, Bernell Johnson, 44, stayed on the scene until other police arrived. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police spokesman Joe Narcisse said. Supt Riley said several witnesses saw the shooting in a car park near a busy intersection in a crime-plagued neighbourhood of New Orleans. Security videotape also captured the assault, he said. Officer Cotton's death is a blow to the southern US city where hopes were high that a new year could hold back a wave of crime that has been a dark backdrop to the rebuilding effort since the devastating Hurricane Katrina. She was among the first graduates of the police academy after Katrina. At the time, the police department was losing officers and was aggressively recruiting.