Bodycam, dashcam part of Louisiana police shooting review

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Posted: Aug 22, 2016 7:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police have recovered body-camera and dashcam video that will be part of their investigation into the police shooting death of a man who was accused of stealing a car and shooting a state trooper, police chief Michael Harrison said Monday.

Harrison said the coroner's office would conduct an autopsy Tuesday and would release the dead man's identity.

Harrison said the shootings happened Sunday afternoon after a stolen car crashed while being pursued by a state trooper. Three men got out and fired at the trooper as they fled. Another trooper chased a suspect into an alley. Harrison said that suspect, a black man, fired, hitting the trooper in the elbow.

The trooper was in good condition Monday, Harrison said.

Police and other troopers tracked the suspected shooter down. Harrison said the suspect opened fire and died after he was struck when multiple officers returned fire. It wasn't clear Monday evening, which officers' bullets hit the suspect.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Harrison said officials would determine whether and when the video could be released to the public. He stressed that the city's independent police monitor and monitors overseeing the city's compliance with a federal court-ordered police reforms both went to the scene of the shooting and were being kept apprised of the investigation.

Also part of the investigation were officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who were helping gather ballistic evidence.

Harrison said a semi-automatic handgun, reported stolen from St. Tammany Parish, was recovered at the scene.