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Police involved shooting unreported for 2 days

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 6:06 PM by APNewsNow
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: press secretary, NOPD, New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, public information, shooting

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's press secretary has been re-assigned to handle public information for the police department following news that the department failed to issue a statement on an officer-involved shooting.

The city said Thursday that Tyler Gamble will manage the three-person police public information staff, filling a post vacant since April.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas said this week he had approved a news release hours after Monday's shooting by police officer Lisa Lewis, but it was never distributed.

The shooting, made after a traffic stop, wasn't made public for two days. The attorney for 26-year-old Armand Bennett says Bennett suffered a serious graze wound to the head in the shooting.

Serpas said the shooting is being investigated.

Police said Bennett faced warrants for charges including illegal weapon possession.

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