New Orleans Police Department investigates use of force by officer

New Orleans Police Department investigates use of force by officer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday morning.

According to an NOPD spokesman, NOPD Second District Officer Steven Lewis and Recruit Robert Cravatta responded to a call of a sexual assault in-progress at a home in the 3800 block of Nashville Avenue.

After repeated attempts to get someone to answer the door, officers made their way into the home to investigate the reported crime in-progress.

When officers got inside, they saw an unknown male armed with a handgun. Officers ordered the male to drop his weapon, and when he refused, Officer Lewis fired one shot at the male, missing him. The male then surrendered to police.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned the man lived at the location with a woman, who reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted.

The woman did not identify the male as the suspect and there was no evidence at the scene that the male had sexually assaulted the victim. The Special Victims Section is actively investigating the report.

The Public Integrity Bureau Force Investigation Team is investigating the use of force by Officer Lewis. Both officers were wearing body cameras, which were activated at the time of the incident.

The investigation is on-going and no arrests have been made at this time.

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