NEW ORLEANS — The man killed last week in a shootout with police in New Orleans East shot at officers first, according to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.
The NOPD announced Monday that Ferguson had reviewed body-camera footage from the May 17 incident. He said it shows the suspect, identified as Donald Davis, 40, shot at three NOPD officers responding to calls of an aggravated assault with a firearm.
Those officers then returned fired, hitting Davis multiple times and killing him.
The officers were not injured in the incident, which happened outside an apartment complex in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Blvd last Friday morning. They were reassigned to administrative duty for the time being, following NOPD standard procedure, Ferguson said.
The NOPD's Force investigation Team (FIT) is still investigating the shooting, working in coordination with the Independent Police monitor, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.
On the scene after the incident, several neighbors told WWL-TV the suspect Davis was a resident of the apartment complex.
They said he was upset with workers at a nearby leasing office and threatened to shoot someone there. Davis left the office and an employee called police.
Police reportedly arrived as the man was returning to the leasing office for a second time, still armed with a gun.
"They came just in time," a maintenance man said of the police. "That man was gonna f—k up everything in there."