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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -- An NOPD officer shot and killed a 31-year-old man in the Hollygrove neighborhood early Sunday morning.
According to police, two officers were responding to a report of shoplifting at a nearby convenience store when one of the two officers fatally shot the 31-year-old man who was standing across the street from the crime scene.
NOPD Superintendent Ronald Serpas said that a .45 caliber handgun was found by the body of the 31-year-old man.
Serpas said that he met with the man's mother and father
Serpas said that he met with the 31-year-old's mother and father. "I made a promise to the parents, as I did to the family of the officer involved, that we will investigate this matter thoroughly and completely to get an accurate account of exactly what took place," Serpas said.
According to NOPD, members of the Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team were immediately called to the scene, as well as ATF agents and the Independent Police Monitor.
Sunday afternoon, FOX 8 received a release from the office of Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson stating that the OIPM staff will investigate this case fairly and thoroughly. The OIPM's Community Relations Director spoke with community members and the deceased man's family. The Independent Police Monitor is asking for members of the community to come forward and provide any additional evidence on the incident. The OIPM's office offers thanks to the NOPD and the Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team for making sure that the OIPM's office is able to monitor the investigation.
Police said the gun found next to the man was immediately taken to Baton Rouge where Louisiana State Police forensic experts are running it through DNA testing. The officer's gun has also been confiscated for examination. Crime Lab technicians also recovered ballistics evidence from the scene.
The officer who shot the 31-year-old man will be reassigned to desk duty while police investigate the shooting. Serpas said he believes the officer perceived a threat before he opened fire.
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