Officer in federal investigation found dead

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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 2:27 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2012 2:27 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer under investigation by the FBI is dead and his attorney says it is a case of possible suicide.

Bruce Whittaker, the attorney representing Officer Salvadore Battaglia, said Wednesday no formal determination had been made about the cause of Battaglia's death, but officers told him that it appeared to be suicide.

Whittaker says the investigation involved a false insurance claim benefitting someone else.

The federal investigation began about a week ago and centers on New Orleans police Sgt. Kevin Guillot, according to Guillot's attorney, Eric Hessler.

Sheila Thorne, FBI special agent and spokeswoman for the New Orleans office, declined to comment on the investigation. No one has been charged.

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