Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gunfight in the French Quarter

From Sep. 16, 2015 New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The Sept. 9 shooting death of 35-year-old Gerald "Tootie" Arnold is expected to be ruled a justifiable homicide, officials said Wednesday, because New Orleans police investigators have determined he was the aggressor who ignited the French Quarter gunfight that claimed his life.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's office must concur with that recommendation before the ruling is final. But Lt. Jimmie Turner, commander of NOPD's Homicide unit, said witnesses and evidence indicate the man who fatally shot Arnold was acting in self-defense.

"Basically, we had two guys who were having an argument, a fight ensued, and they fired upon each other," Turner said. "Through our investigation, and having spoken with a variety of different witnesses, it became clear that (Arnold) was the aggressor in the incident."

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