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NOPD officer pleads guilty to obstruction and malfeasance charges

Wardell Johnson (Source: NOPD) Wardell Johnson (Source: NOPD)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A New Orleans police officer entered a surprise guilty plea to obstruction and malfeasance in a case where he was accused of hiding evidence in the shooting death of a fellow officer.

Authorities say Wardell Johnson mishandled evidence after responding to a domestic violence call in July.

Prosecutors accused him of failing to check the suspect, Travis Boys, for a gun. 

Police said Boys shot Holloway as he was transporting Boys to Orleans Parish Prison.

The suspect was accused of shooting at a 47-year-old woman.

Johnson is also accused of ignoring a .40 caliber shell casing on the scene.

The department said Johnson resigned from the force, although it is unclear when that happened.

He pleaded guilty to all three charges. Johnson is out on bond.  He could face life in prison, when he returns for sentencing.

He is scheduled to be back in court in January.

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