Federal agent cleared of hate crime charge after being shot by trooper

Don Ames
May 26, 2019 - 9:11 am

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A federal agent shot last year in New Orleans after police say he pointed a laser-sighted gun in the direction of a uniformed Louisiana State Police trooper has been cleared of a hate crime charged filed against him.

Prosecutors dropped the charge against 44-year-old Ronald Martin, of Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

However, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office spokesman Ken Daley said the office will continue to press the remaining charges, including aggravated assault upon a police officer with a firearm.

Martin's attorney, Elizabeth Carpenter, says Martin wasn't intentionally pointing his gun at anyone.

Daley said the charge was dropped after the DA's office could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Martin intentionally pointed his laser-equipped gun at the trooper in December.

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