BODYCAM: Officer Shot, Suspect Killed in New Orleans

The allegedly suicidal subject fired on officers, striking one in his ballistic vest

By Calibre Press  |   Jan 18, 2019

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New Orleans police plan this week to release an edited version of the body-worn camera or other video footage captured during a Jan. 4 officer-involved shootout in Treme that killed a civilian and wounded an officer, NOPD spokesman Andy Cunningham said Tuesday (Jan. 15).

Reporters will be able to view the full, unedited video footage at NOPD headquarters on Thursday, accompanied by an “explanation from NOPD leadership,” Cunningham said. NOPD will then release a “redacted” version to media to share with readers and viewers, he said. Redaction could include, but may not be limited to, obscuring the faces of people who may not want to be identified, as well as cutting or obscuring graphic content.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s office identified the civilian who was killed as 33-year-old Zonell Williams. Dr. Dwight McKenna’s office said Williams died of more than one gunshot wound to the torso and his extremities. An online obituary for Williams says he graduated from Alcee Fortier High school and worked offshore as a welding engineer.

Just after 10 p.m. on Jan. 4, New Orleans police were responding to what they believed to be an attempted suicide call in the 2300 block of Orleans Avenue when a man fired at one of the officers, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters after the shooting. The bullets struck the officer in his protective vest.

Four officers then fired on the man, police said at the time. The man, now identified as Williams, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his wounds.


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