CrimeTracker: Why NOPD searched for man shot by officer

Updated: Aug. 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM CDT
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Monday morning's shooting wasn't the first time Officer Lisa Lewis and suspect Armond Bennett had crossed paths.

FOX 8 obtained documents outlining the details of what police said was their first confrontation.

The arrest warrant for 26-year-old Bennett said on Aug. 1, Officer Lisa Lewis and her partner were patrolling Memorial Park and Holiday Place in Algiers when she pulled Bennett over for an obscured license plate.

Bennett's attorney says he cooperated.

"He provided the officer with his license. He asked the officers to give him a minute to find the registration because he was driving his brother's car," said Nandi Campbell.

The warrant, though, states, "Mr. Bennett began stalling and Officer Lewis gave a verbal command to get out of the vehicle."

It goes on to state, "Mr. Bennett did not comply and continued to reach into the center console. Officer Gantner and Officer Lewis observed a black handgun in Bennet's hand."

According to police, Bennett then pushed Officer Lewis from the doorway and ran.

Bennet's attorney says he didn't have a gun, and she gives a different account of what happened.

"The officer did not like the speed he was going to get his registration, and she proceeded to yank Mr. Bennett out of the car by his dreads, at which time, Mr. Bennett felt unsafe. It was at night. He was in the parking lot with this officer and proceeded to leave the area," said Campbell.

A warrant was then issued for Bennett's arrest for possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm and simple criminal damage. Officer Lewis claimed Bennett broke her radio when he pushed her before fleeing.

Just over a week later, Lewis and her partner spotted Bennet's vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Mimosa Court in Algiers.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas says during a scuffle, Officer Lewis shot Bennett in the head while trying to arrest him for the outstanding warrant.

Now questions surround both incidents.

"What were the conditions with the first stop? What were the conditions with the second stop? What was the connection between the two stops?" said Simone Levine.

As the NOPD investigates the shooting, the office of the Independent Police Monitor is working with the NOPD and Bennett's family to ensure transparency.

After a brief hospital stay, Bennett is now facing three separate charges that stem from the original arrest warrant.

On Friday, a Magistrate Court judge set a $12,000 bond for Bennett.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the shooting incident that involves the same NOPD Officer and Bennett continues.

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