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Serpas "Angry" Over Delay In Reporting Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted Thursday, August 14th 2014 @ 2am

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas says he is "very disappointed and angry" that it took the NOPD two days to report that an officer had shot a 26-year-old man during a traffic stop early Monday morning in Algiers.

The incident was not made public until Wednesday.  Armand Bennett was shot during a traffic stop in the 3700 block of Mimosa Court around 1:30 a.m. after he and an officer allegedly got into an altercation.

Serpas says Bennett was wanted on outstanding warrants for charges that included resisting police officers in New Orleans and Gretna, illegal possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana and criminal damage to property.

The superintendent says he personally authorized issuing a press release on the shooting but for some reason it wasn't sent out.

"Clearly, it fell through the cracks," he said.  "I'm very disappointed and angry.  We normally put this information out right away."

Bennett reportedly was in stable condition with a graze wound to his head. The officer involved was Lisa Lewis, a member of the task force in the 4th District.

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Monitor.


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