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FBI agent's testimony resumes in Katrina trial

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 5:17 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, fbi, agent, testimony, trial, danziger bridge, shooting, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - An agent who led the FBI's investigation of deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina says he explored whether somebody shot at the bridge from a nearby grassy area, a scenario that could support officers' claims they took fire before shooting.

Testifying Tuesday at a trial for five current or former officers, FBI Special Agent William Bezak said he photographed a bullet mark on the bridge's concrete barrier from the grassy area because it appeared the shot could have come from there. But he said he ruled out that possibility after an FBI ballistics expert examined the scene.

Defense attorneys claim officers were shot at before they returned fire on the Danziger Bridge, killing two people and wounding four others several days after the 2005 storm.

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