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Orleans coroner releases name of man killed in officer-involved shooting

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The Orleans Parish coroner has released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Monday morning by an NOPD officer in New Orleans East.

Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse identified the man as 33-year-old Calvin Mckinnis.  

"The decedent suffered a gunshot wound to his buttock and a gunshot wound to his back, which perforated multiple abdominal organs and his heart," Rouse said in a news release. "With the exception of a minor abrasion on his cheek consistent with his fall to the ground after injury, there were no other findings of trauma. Two projectiles were recovered and will be forwarded to the NOPD for potential ballistic testing. These autopsy findings are consistent with my personal observations at the scene and with the officer body camera footage I have viewed."

The incident unfolded Monday at about 4 a.m. as Seventh District Officer Fredrick Carter tried to conduct a traffic stop on a white Mazda MPV for a license plate violation at the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Old Gentilly Road.

The NOPD said McKinnis fired a shot at Carter and Carter returned fire, killing him. One casing from the suspect’s gun was recovered. The department said Carter fired five shots.

"In keeping with my in-custody death protocol, present at the autopsy...were representatives from the FBI, the office of the Independent Police Monitor, the Public Integrity Bureau of the New Orleans Police Department, my Chief Pathologist, and myself," Rouse said. "Mr. Mckinnis's death is appropriately medically classified as a homicide. Homicide in the medical sense does not imply wrongdoing, criminal intent, or legal blame. Murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or self-defense are all legal terms decided by legal authorities."

Officer Carter, a 14-year veteran of the police force, has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the PIB investigation.

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