Police involved shooting unreported for 2 days
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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.