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NOPD chief concerned over allegations officers missed finding gunman

Harrison admits there may have been missteps Friday night when his officers responded to a call of a gunman inside WBOK. (FOX 8 Photo) Harrison admits there may have been missteps Friday night when his officers responded to a call of a gunman inside WBOK. (FOX 8 Photo)
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New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison says he's concerned about allegations that his officers missed finding a gunman hiding inside WBOK radio station Friday night. The chief spoke exclusively to FOX 8 after visiting the radio station Monday.

Harrison admits there may have been missteps Friday night when his officers responded to a call of a gunman inside WBOK.

“It concerned me, so what we're doing today, all the officers that were here were wearing body cameras, so we've had a chance to review those body cameras,” Harrison said.

The footage shows officers swept the building after board operator Kendall "Jazz" Williams called 911. Williams told police that a man shot out the station's glass front door saying he was being chased by someone else, and thought he could hide inside.

But some of the doors inside the station were locked, and Harrison says the footage shows that during the sweep, his officers didn't open one of the locked doors to a utility closet.

“We don't really want to comment on what we think about the search," he said. "We can tell you they didn’t open the door at that moment. The subject was later found inside that door by the employees"

WBOK employees say after they ran out of the building screaming, an officer rushed in to arrest 33-year-old Rance Dunbar.

“We're looking at search procedures and recommendations for training, recommendations for discipline if there has to be,” Harrison said.

The employees say officers told them they couldn't find any evidence linking Dunbar to the shooting. The employees later asked officers still on scene to escort them to the utility closet to grab some plywood to cover the shot-out front door.

Williams recalls, “I asked the officer, 'did you do a sweep in here? Yeah we came in here, we looked, we didn't find anything.' I said, 'you sure?' He said ‘yeah.' So I look up on the cabinet and right there in plain sight once again, is the handle of a .45-caliber pistol.”

Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson is now investigating after someone filed an anonymous complaint against the officers.

“Having a perpetrator still being there was dangerous to the members of the public involved and also the officers that went into the building, so obviously very concerned about that,” Hutson said.

Hutson tells FOX 8 that the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau is also looking into the officer's actions.

Harrison says he wants the folks at WBOK and the public to know that the department is being accountable, accessible and is looking into the allegations.

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