New Orleans officer arrested for obstruction of justice

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Posted: Jul 06, 2015 11:55 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.

In a news release Monday, the police accused Wardell Johnson of shoddy police work when he arrested Travis Boys in June.

Boys had been arrested in an assault case. Authorities say he shot and killed a police officer while being transported to jail later the same day and then escaped.

He was captured 24 hours later, and police have been investigating where Boys allegedly got the gun.

Police said Johnson tried to cover up the fact that he failed to process evidence at the scene of Boys' earlier arrest, including a spent shell casing and a box of bullets.

The police chief called Johnson's actions "shoddy police work."