NOPD: Cops acted correctly killing suspect

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New Orleans police say officers were defending themselves when they shot and killed a suspect this past Friday.

"Superintendent Ferguson has reviewed video from the incident which clearly shows the suspect firing upon NOPD officers, who then returned fire, fatally wounding him," Director of Communications Andy Cunningham said in an email.

He says they had access to multiple videos used to make their determination.

"All officers involved in the incident were wearing their body-worn cameras. Those cameras were in operation and captured the incident."

The investigation is not over, however.  The incident is being investigated by the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team

"Per NOPD standard practice, the officers involved in this incident have been temporarily reassigned to administrative duty, pending further investigation. Additionally, the department’s video release policy has been initiated."

Federal authorities are involved.

"NOPD’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) is working closely with the federal consent decree monitors, Independent Police Monitor, U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation."

Police say it happened shortly after 9:00am on May 17th in New Orleans East.

"NOPD Seventh District officers responded to a call of an aggravated assault at a multi-unit apartment complex in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard."

When they arrived, three reported finding a man with a gun.

"Officers located the unknown armed adult male outside carrying a weapon and shots were fired. The adult male suspect was  pronounced dead on scene."

 

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