One police officer in Mandeville, Louisiana, was killed and a second officer is in hospital after they were shot during a routine traffic stop on Friday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2019.
The incident started when officers attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a vehicle at around 3 p.m., according to WVUE.
The vehicle did not stop and led officers on a chase. After the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a ditch, the suspect got out of the vehicle and fatally shot one officer. A second officer arrived and was also shot in the head.
Mandeville police identified the slain officer as Capt. Vincent “Vinny” Liberto Jr., 58, who joined the force in 1994. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and had received several awards, according to Sticker.
The second officer, who was not identified, was taken to an area hospital. A source close to the investigation said the injury was a graze wound to the top of his head.
As of 3:30 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said that two suspects were in custody. Police said that one of them was arrested at the scene and the other caught in the Beau Chene area.
The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Mark Spicer of Covington, has been charged with one count each of first degree murder of a police officer, attempted first degree murder of a police officer, aggravated flight from an officer, and possession of stolen property.
The second suspect was not identified.
Louisiana State Police and the Slidell Police Department are also assisting in the investigation. They are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact police as the investigation is ongoing, despite the arrests.