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Louisiana police officer killed, another injured, after a car chase; 2 suspects arrested

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A Louisiana police officer was killed Friday and another was injured after a car chase in a New Orleans suburb, authorities said.

Governments, that is, the Mandeville Police department Capt. Vincent “Vinny” Liberto, Jr. as for the officer who died of his injuries. Liberto had been with the department since 1994 and has served in the marine Corps for 10 years.

Captain Vincent “Vinny” Liberto, Jr. died Friday after he was shot by a suspect after a car chase in Louisiana, authorities said.
(The Mandeville Police Department)

“He had a wife who grieves, the children who are in mourning,” the Sticker said Liberto. “We have an agency that has not lost an officer in over 50 years, and that is the sadness. The whole of the law-enforcement community, and the bereaved. We are a close-knit community. It has been a bad day for the Mandeville Police Department.”

Mandeville police chief Gerald Sticker said in a news conference that the injured officer is being treated at Lakeview Regional Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The authorities around the scene of Friday’s shooting in Mandeville, La. David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Witnesses said the chase started shortly before 2 a.m. after a traffic stop in the area of State Routes 22 and 190. A suspect got out of the car, and allegedly shot at the Liberto. Another officer arrived and was shot and killed, WVUE-TV reported. It was unclear if the officers returned fire.

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For the last time, is a Mandeville police officer killed in the line of duty in 1958, the station reported.

“The only thing we can do is to ask for the prayers of the community and to the officer who was injured and for the person who has died,” Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said two of the suspects have been remanded in custody and a weapon recovered. The suspects ‘ names, and the possible burdens that they do not seem to be immediately released.

Mandeville police chief Gerald Stricker holds a press conference after Friday’s shooting. David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a deceased government official and injured an officer,” Smith said.

The Sticker said in Louisiana, the State Police are in charge of the investigation, and it would be in the field, ask questions about what led up to the shooting.

Gov. Bell, John Edwards, tweeted about the deadly attack.

“Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, and the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community. Please join @FirstLadyOfLA, and say a prayer for our nation this day and age. #lagov #lalege,” he said.

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St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister said, “and If something happens like this, and we’re all devastated,” she said. “But we have to come together in support of the police officers who put their lives on the lines to protect us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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