Suspect in shooting of Louisiana officers identified


Mark Spicer (Courtesy of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — (9/21/19) Authorities say a 21-year-old man is in custody, accused in the fatal shooting of a Louisiana police officer and wounding of another following a vehicle chase north of New Orleans.

Louisiana State Police say Mark Spicer of Covington faces charges including first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and possession of stolen property (firearm). It was unknown if he has an attorney.

Troopers say Spicer refused to stop Friday and a pursuit ensued along U.S. 190 in Mandeville. Spicer’s car ultimately crashed and the shooting occurred.

Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker identified the deceased officer as 58-year-old Capt. Vincent Liberto Jr., a 25-year veteran of the department. He is survived by a wife and seven children.

The wounded officer is expected to survive.

(CNN) — (9/21/19) A Louisiana police captain was killed and another officer was wounded Friday after a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout, CNN affiliate WVUE reported.

The police chase began after a driver refused to stop, witnesses told the affiliate.

Captain Vincent “Vinny” Liberto Jr., 58, leaves behind a wife and seven children, many of whom are active law enforcement officers and military members, the Mandeville Police Department said.

“Captain Liberto was a highly decorated and respected law enforcement officer, who was known across the entire county,” the department said.

The other officer was injured and treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound but is expected to survive, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said in a Friday press conference. Authorities have not yet released the name of that officer.

“It’s a bad day for the Mandeville Police Department,” Sticker said.

“We have a wife that’s grieving, we have children that are grieving, we have an agency that hasn’t lost a police officer in probably over 50 years that is grieving,” Sticker said.

Two suspects are in custody, Sticker said.

The Louisiana State Police will be conducting an investigation into the shooting, authorities said.

Liberto served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 10 years, police said, and later joined Mandeville Police in 1994.

“He climbed through the ranks and earned multiple prestigious awards during his years of service, including Officer of the Year,” the department said. Captain Liberto was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a polygraphist.

The shooting “hit our community so very hard,” said Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, who called the city “one of the safest places to live.”

“I have received calls, email and texts from all over Mandeville and the state of Louisiana expressing condolences and offers for help,” Villere wrote on Facebook. “We will survive, but we will never forget.”

The governor also sent his condolences.

“Today we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the people of Mandeville and the people of Louisiana,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community.”

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — One police officer was fatally shot and another wounded Friday after a vehicle chase north of New Orleans, authorities said.

Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker confirmed one officer’s death and the other’s injury from gunfire in his community on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near U.S. 190 and Louisiana Highway 22. Sticker said at a news conference that the wounded officer, who’s being treated at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, is expected to survive.

Sticker said most of the deceased officer’s relatives have been notified but they are not yet releasing his name.

“He leaves a wife who is grieving, children who are grieving,” Sticker said. “We have an agency that hasn’t lost an officer in over 50 years that is grieving. The whole law enforcement community is grieving. We’re a tight-knit community. This is a bad day for Mandeville Police Department.”

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said two suspects are in custody and that a weapon has been recovered.

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

The suspects’ names and the possible charges they face weren’t immediately released.

“At this time we believe, but have yet to confirm, that no others are involved in this,” Sticker said. “We’re working to confirm that.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards said the officers were shot after a routine traffic stop turned into a vehicle pursuit. Sticker said Louisiana State Police are in charge of the investigation and would field questions regarding what led to the shooting.

An email to a spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop L was not immediately returned.

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister said, “When something happens like this, we are all heartbroken,” she said. “But we will come together to support the officers who put their lives on the lines to protect us.”

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Authorities say two police officers have been shot in Louisiana, one fatally, after a vehicle chase north of New Orleans.

The Advocate reports St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says the officers, who served with the Mandeville Police Department, were shot Friday near U.S. 190 and Louisiana highway 22 in that community on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the shooting followed a routine traffic stop that had turned into a vehicle pursuit.

Smith says two suspects have been taken into custody.

Further details were not immediately available.


Information from: The Advocate,

MANDEVILLE, La. — (9/20/19) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says all subjects involved are in custody.

MANDEVILLE, La. (NBC NEWS) — The Mandeville police chief confirmed Friday that two officers in the department were shot.

A source confirms to WDSU that one officer has died, and another is injured.

There is a heavy police presence on highways 190 and 22.

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