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Authorities investigate police shooting of man at West Monroe store

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WEST MONROE, Louisiana — An officer shot and killed a Ouachita Parish man in a shooting at a West Monroe convenience store.

The Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as 51-year-old Raymond Keith Martinez, who was shot about 7 p.m. Thursday at a store south of West Monroe High School.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1BkKSl3 ) the name of the West Monroe officer involved is not being released. Officials say the officer, who was not injured, has been placed on administrative leave with pay as the shooting investigation continues.

West Monroe police say the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police are investigating. A sheriff's office spokesman did not immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

West Monroe Police Chief Jeff Terrell explained the reason for the slow flow of information on the investigation. "These investigations take time," Terrell said. "They (OPSO) haven't spoken to the officer yet to get details. I know OPSO has talked to witnesses and will talk to more today and next week."

Terrell also said OPSO is reviewing surveillance video of the incident and expects the officer involved to be interviewed Monday.

"The investigation is ongoing," said sheriff's spokesman Glenn Springfield. "There's a lot to put together. We don't discuss ongoing investigations."

After the investigation is complete, Springfield said it will be submitted to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office to determine the next steps.

Mayor Dave Norris said he is concerned about the shooting, but has full faith in the investigation of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

Norris said the investigation was turned over to the sheriff's office because a West Monroe police officer was involved. "I don't think it's ever wise to investigate yourself," he said.

West Monroe resident Laurie Eley said she heard gunshots from her home and learned the victim was a man that she believes she knew.

"He was a sweetheart of a man. We called him Keith. I don't know his last name," she said of the victim, who had been homeless.

"They unloaded the gun on him," Eley said.

Terrell did not release details of the shooting.


Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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