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NOPD releases bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting on Memorial Day

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:12 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:32 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Police released body camera video Thursday from a shooting in Gentilly on Memorial Day.

Officers were called out to the 2000 block of Mirabeau Avenue shortly after midnight on May 31 in response to a domestic dispute.

Investigators say Wilton Anderson shot his sister in the back and stomach after having a confrontation with the entire family.

Chief Shaun Ferguson says Anderson, 30, began shooting at officers almost as soon as they got out of their vehicles with a semi-automatic handgun.

Officers Torrey Riley Jr. and Hector Acosta returned fire, striking Anderson in the leg.

Both officers with just over a year on the force, shot at least four times each.

Anderson continued to run but was quickly cornered by officers.

“Now you are starting to see more domestic or acquaintance cases resulting in homicides, so we really need to take the time to check ourselves check one another get the help that is needed,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson says the man found in his car stabbed to death near Claiborne and Poland, was killed by his own brother

Ferguson: looking for darren mercandell he’s unfortunately the brother of the victim.

“This was not a spontaneous incident,” Dillard University Criminologist, Dr. Ahsraf Esmail said. “Probably saw a lot of violent behavior prior to this that lead to this conflict between family members, brother and sister, and most commonly between partners.”

Although domestic violence is not a new phenomena by far, especially for women, it was predicted the pandemic would make the situation worse and Esmail says the predictions rang true.

Investigators are still unsure what caused Anderson to start firing.

“It is a horrible situation,” Ferguson said. “This family is completely torn now. Can you imagine parents having to make a decision between their children in which they’ve given birth to? One being the perpetrator and one being the victim.”

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30-year-old Wilton Anderson
30-year-old Wilton Anderson(NOPD)

Anderson is now facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen firearm.

His sister is improving according to Ferguson and is stable.

Officers Riley and Acosta are still on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

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