Coroner identifies man shot, killed by officer on Saturday

Coroner identifies man shot, killed by officer on Saturday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans police officer shot and killed a 60-year-old man in the Lower Ninth Ward following a physical altercation, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the intersection of Caffin and Chartres Streets.

The man has been identified as 60-year-old Christopher Olmstead. Olmstead was shot multiple times, according to coroner Jeffrey Rouse. He sustained gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

Police say that homicide detective Timothy Bender was in full uniform after having left the services for fallen NOPD Officer Vernell Brown. Bender was flagged down by a resident who reported a person driving erratically.

While investigating the situation, the detective became involved in a physical confrontation with Olmstead, officers say.

A police spokesman said that the detective feared for his life and opened fire on Olmstead, killing him. Police say he was not armed.

The incident remains under investigation.

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