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Lawyer – Sugar Land, Texas, Man is Shot by a Police Officer in New Orleans

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
French Quarter, 2002

French Quarter, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Sugar Land, Texas, man was in New Orleans, Louisiana, over the Memorial Day Weekend for a graduation and ended up being allegedly shot by a Louisiana Supreme Court police officer. The 23-year-old was briefly hospitalized due to the gunshot wound. He has since been arrested on charges of forcefully or violently resisting arrest and battery of a police officer. Officials say additional charges are pending. Melissa Matey, a Louisiana State Police Trooper and spokesperson for the agency, said the officer involved was also allegedly wounded during the incident. At least two witnesses took videos of the scuffle between the man and the officer. One video also captures the sound of the shot allegedly being fired. A lot of questions are still unanswered. State Police are investigating.

The alleged shooting occurred in the French Quarter between Royal and Chartres streets on St. Louis Street. According to the family of the shooting victim, he had gotten separated from friends and family during graduation celebrations. He had reportedly been trying to find his way to his hotel when the encounter with the police officer occurred.

A witness said that the 23-year-old was yelling and banging on automobiles prior to becoming engaged with the police officer. Another witness, an employee at a nearby business, said the man the officer was attempting to arrest appeared to be belligerent.

The investigation seeks to determine what started the alleged altercation.

The identity of the Supreme Court police officer has not been released. The officer is a state of Louisiana employee and is certified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

–Guest Contributor

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