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Investigation underway after police shooting in Algiers

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 6:26 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 6:26 AM
Source: WWL TV

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Topics: investigation, police shooting, New Orleans, Algiers

ALGIERS - An investigation underway following a police shooting near New Orleans that was not reported to the public.

Armand Bennent, 26, is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the head by a New Orleans police officer during a traffic stop.

Details surrounding the case are hazy at this time. According to WWL TV, the shooting was not reported until 48 hrs. later when multiple media outlets began asking questions.

According to NOPD, the shooting happened because "their life was in danger". However, the only injury listed on the incident report was a minor contusion to the officer's hand.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas has apologized for the lack of communication.

The incidents comes days after a police shooting in Missouri sparked riots in a St. Louis suburb. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by cops outside of an apartment complex in Ferguson, MO. Witnesses claim Brown was unarmed at the time, while officers contend the teen attempted to take one of their guns.

Both police shootings are under investigation.

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