NEW ORLEANS – Three of 5 folks wounded just lately when a felony suspect opened fireplace on police in downtown New Orleans might have been hit by officers capturing again, Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson mentioned Thursday.
Video that exhibits the Feb. 17 shootout unfolding from completely different angles was launched Thursday, as Ferguson briefed reporters.
“At no level have been our officers firing except being fired at,” Ferguson mentioned.
Ferguson mentioned police fired to avoid wasting themselves and others as theft suspect Reginald Bursey pulled a gun and shot at uniformed officers approaching him to query him. Bursey, who continued to fireside as he ran, finally was killed.
“It is clear from this video that this particular person wanted to be stopped earlier than he may harm or victimize much more folks,” Ferguson mentioned.
Detectives investigating two latest armed robberies had noticed Bursey after receiving a tip, Ferguson mentioned. They notified uniformed officers.
Video exhibits two uniformed officers exiting a marked police automotive and approaching a person who seems to achieve for a weapon as they close to. An individual behind one officer falls, apparently hit by Bursey’s gunfire earlier than Bursey runs, nonetheless firing. Extra folks fall after Bursey runs round a nook to flee the uniformed officers and two plain-clothes officers. Police mentioned a state trooper additionally joined the chase. One uniformed police officer, one plain-clothes officer and a trooper are believed to have fired their weapons, New Orleans media reported.
Ferguson mentioned the investigation was persevering with. Native and federal prosecutors and the FBI have reviewed the video and a police division use-of-force assessment board will assessment the case.