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Shooting info OK’d but not sent

  // Thursday, 14 August 2014 22:43 //

Emails between the New Orleans Police Department’s Public Information Office and a 4th District supervisor indicate that information about an officer-involved shooting in Algiers on Monday morning was supposed to be released to the media, but they do not show that a news release was ever written about the incident.

The messages were obtained through a public-records request filed Thursday by The New Orleans Advocate seeking the document that Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said was authorized for release, as well as any memos about it.

While Serpas said Wednesday evening that he had authorized a release about the shooting, one was not included in the email messages, nor were there any written messages from the superintendent.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said Serpas authorized the press release in a phone call with Deputy Superintendent Arlinda Westbrook on Monday.

A daily police log of major crimes that the department sent to local media on Monday listed an incident in which an officer suffered a hand injury during a scuffle with a then-unnamed person, but it said nothing about the officer shooting at or wounding the man.

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