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New Orleans officer shoots, kills man

3 years 4 months 6 days ago February 17, 2014 Feb 17, 2014 Monday, February 17 2014 February 17, 2014 7:33 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say an officer who answered a shoplifting report shot and killed a 31-year-old man in the Hollygrove neighborhood.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the officer has been reassigned to desk duty. That's standard procedure after a police shooting.

Serpas won't release the officer's name, but says the officer clearly believed he was threatened.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden says the man died on the scene. His name was not released.

The police chief says a loaded .45-caliber gun was found next to the body.

Serpas says that gun and the officer's gun were taken as evidence, and both the officer who shot the man and an officer who was with him are being questioned.

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