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Expert: Bullet from body matched to officer's gun

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Posted: Jul 13, 2011 11:49 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, danziger, hurricane katrina, testimony, trial, police, shooting, nopd, wbrz, louisiana, federal, court

NEW ORLEANS - A firearms expert says he matched a bullet removed from the body of a teenager gunned down on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina to an assault rifle used by a police officer charged in the deadly shootings.

Patrick Lane, a government witness in the trial of five current or former officers, testified Wednesday that a bullet that ricocheted into the back of 17-year-old James Brissette matched an AK-47 used by Sgt. Kenneth Bowen on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

Lane examined several other bullets and buckshot pellets removed from Brissette's body but couldn't definitively match them with any of the guns that officers fired on the bridge.

Federal prosecutors say police shot and killed two people and wounded four others without justification.

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