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Coroner rules death of man shot, killed during armed robbery a homicide

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Halpert Adams (L) and Spencer Banks (R) (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office) Halpert Adams (L) and Spencer Banks (R) (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The death of a man shot and killed by a New Orleans police officer has been officially ruled as a homicide by the Orleans Parish Coroner.

Homicide in the medical sense differs from homicide in the criminal or legal sense as it does not imply criminal intent or legal blame.

Jared Johnson, 22, was shot and killed by officers during an alleged armed robbery in New Orleans East.

Johnson was shot multiple on Tuesday, April 28. He was shot though the heart and lungs, according to Mason Harrison, a spokesperson with the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office.

The armed robbery happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at a New Orleans East Dollar General, located in the 10600 block of Chef Menteur Highway. Employees were closing the store for the night and leaving when they were forced back inside by three gunmen.

New Orleans police responded to the store after receiving reports of a robbery in progress. Officers say they surrounded the store and observed several individuals exiting the rear of the building.

Johnson was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. Officers say a semi-automatic weapon was found near his body.

Spencer Banks, 23, and Halbert Adams, 23, were also arrested in the incident.

"We are still investigating who fired first, or even if there was gunfire exchanged," Superintendent Michael Harrison said earlier this week. "Two of our officer did fire their weapons, fatally striking and killing one of the suspects."

The two officers who opened fire were Officer Clifton Thompson and Officer Joshua Carthon, according to NOPD. Thompson is a 7-year veteran of the NOPD and Carthon is a 6-year NOPD veteran. They are both on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of the investigation.

Harrison said casings were recovered from the back of store resembling those fired by a New Orleans police officer. Detectives also discovered a bag with more than $2,000 inside.

Banks and Adams were charged with armed robbery. Their bonds have been set at $600,000.

Police are trying to determine if the trio was involved in any other armed robberies in eastern New Orleans or anywhere else.

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