NEW ORLEANS – Officer Joshua Colclough, the New Orleans police officer who shot and killed Wendell Allen while police were serving a search warrant at a home in Gentilly, is expected to plead guilty to the charge of negligent homicide, according to a source.
Colclough is expected to file a bill of information Wednesday and to enter a guilty plea.
On Mar. 7, Allen, 20, was unarmed when he was shot inside the home in the 2600 block of Prentiss Street. Allen was shot once in the chest by Colclough as NOPD officers and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were executing the search warrant. Colclough is facing a maximum five years in prison in return for pleading guilty to the negligent homicide charge.
The plea deal with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office comes after the New Orleans Police Department concluded its investigation into the fatal shooting of Allen in early May and turned the evidence over to the district attorney.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 29.