NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD released new information Monday about a joint NOPD-Louisiana State Police investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead and a trooper injured.
Following is a partial press release from the NOPD about what the Force Investigation Team, which includes members of the FBI, has learned.
On August 21, just before 4 p.m., a LSP trooper engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the Fifth Police District. The vehicle, a gray, 2015 Toyota Camry, has (sic) been reported stolen on August 4, 2016 from the 1500 block of Crete Street.
The Trooper pursued the vehicle to the intersection of Allen and Duels Streets where the vehicle crashed. At that point, three unknown males exited the vehicle and ran off in different directions in the area. According to the Trooper, two of the suspects fired shots at the Trooper's marked SUV. The Trooper did not return fire. He immediately called in the incident and nearby LSP and NOPD units quickly responded to the scene.
At that point, a second LSP Trooper driving a marked Crown Victoria tracked down one of the three suspects to the 1900 block of Hope Street. The Trooper got out of his vehicle and chased the suspect into a nearby ally. The suspect then fired shots at the Trooper and the Trooper returned fire. The Trooper sustained one gunshot wound to the elbow and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Several NOPD and LSP units then arrived to the intersection of Law and New Orleans Streets. The same suspect who shot the Trooper on Hope Street then emerged and opened fire on law enforcement. Law enforcement officers returned fire, striking the suspect. Officers located a black semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine in the suspect's possession. Detectives later learned the weapon was reported stolen out of St. Tammany Parish. EMS transported the suspect to the hospital where he later died.
NOPD and LSP immediately set up a perimeter in the area to search for the remaining two suspects, but they were able to escape. They both remain at-large. Investigators do not have additional information or descriptions on the pair at this time.
Once officers cleared the perimeter, detectives canvassed the neighborhood for any surveillance video, witnesses and additional evidence. Detectives returned to the scene this morning with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division members and dogs to locate any additional ballistic evidence.
The NOPD collected multiple casings from the scene as well as the stolen vehicle and the LSP SUV. All evidence will be processed at the LSP Crime Lab.
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Tuesday, and members of the Independent Police Monitor and the Force Investigation Team will be present. The coroner's office will identify the victim and determine cause of death.
Detectives are reviewing body and dash cam footage of the incident. Two NOPD officers who discharged their weapons have been placed on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of the investigation.
The NOPD is operating under a federal consent decree and members of the consent decree monitoring team are following the investigation.
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