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Former officer who shot, killed unarmed man to ask for reduced sentence

Wendell Allen died March 7, 2012 when New Orleans police executed a search warrant at a Gentilly home (FOX 8 file photo). Wendell Allen died March 7, 2012 when New Orleans police executed a search warrant at a Gentilly home (FOX 8 file photo).
Officer Joshua Colclough (L) fired his gun once, killing Allen as the 20-year-old came down a flight of stairs (FOX 8 file photo). Officer Joshua Colclough (L) fired his gun once, killing Allen as the 20-year-old came down a flight of stairs (FOX 8 file photo).
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2012 asks for a reduction in his sentencing.

Nearly three years ago, officer Josh Colclough killed 20-year-old Wendell Allen in his home while executing a marijuana search warrant. Colclough fired once, killing the unarmed man as he came down a flight of stairs.

In a report released Tuesday, the Independent Police Monitor says New Orleans police botched the March 7, 2012 drug raid and investigation into a fatal police shooting. Among the finding were that police didn't announce themselves before going into the Prentiss Avenue home in which there were six children under the age of 14. The report also says that no one told Allen to halt or get down before Colclough fatally shot him as he stood at the top of the stairs.

"It's really hard. You wish your child was here, and then a report comes out saying he was killed for nothing," said Natasha Allen, the victim's mother.

The report found that several officers lied to investigators and that lead NOPD investigator Sgt. Bruce Glaudi allegedly had "confirmation bias."

The city issued a response saying, in part, that all officers have been retrained on the execution of warrants. NOPD Police Chief Michael Harrison said his department has implemented significant reforms, and that the Public Integrity investigation didn't reveal any criminal violations.

The city says several officers testified that verbal warnings were given before the door to the Allen home was forced open. The city also disputes a police monitor finding that police investigators deliberately ignored video evidence of the shooting.

The Allen family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the NOPD and is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

Colclough has admitted to killing Allen. He has been serving time in prison but will go to court Wednesday (Aug.5) to request a reduction of his four-year sentence.

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