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NEWORLEANS-- An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, after she allegedly initiated a physical confrontation with a female inmate, according to the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.

On Mar. 29, the former deputy, Lateefa Marshall, reportedly struck the inmate during the confrontation, forcing other employees to break up the altercation.

'Following the confrontation, former Deputy Marshall submitted an incident report in which she accused the inmate of initiating the physical confrontation,' said a statement from the district attorney's office.Video surveillance, however, showed Marshall started the physical confrontation.

The evidence was turned over the district attorney's office, and an arrest warrant was obtained Wednesday.

Lateefa Marshall is presently wanted and at large.

'It has been the policy of my office to aggressively prosecute cases of jailhouse violence. This case is particularly egregious in light of the fact that the perpetrator has been entrusted with the safekeeping of these individuals - and violated that sacred public trust,' said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. 'I want to thank Sheriff (Marlin) Gusman personally as well as the members of his staff for thoroughly investigating this case and reporting their findings to the District Attorney's office.'

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