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Tuesday, Sep 13, 2005County: Orleans
Disposition: Not Charged
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The California Highway Patrol is terminating two of its officers for shooting and killing an alligator while they were in Louisiana helping with Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. According to the C.H.P., two Sacramento region officers will be placed on administrative time-off pending their dismissal. The officers were part of a 116 person team from the C.H.P. sent to Louisiana to help in recovery and recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Around September 13th, 2005, the two officers 'discharged' their department issued guns to shoot alligators in a New Orleans bayou. C.H.P. says they believe at least one alligator was killed, a violation of Louisiana state law.
The C.H.P. says the officers are being dismissed after an internal investigation determined that the officers did in fact shoot an alligator and did not report the discharge of their weapons as required by C.H.P. policy. In a statement released by the C.H.P., Spokeswoman Fran Clader said, "This is an embarrassment to our department and especially to our personnel who went to Louisiana and served honorably in helping the citizens of that state to recover from the clutches of disaster." The C.H.P. says they are not releasing the names of the officers because the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a criminal investigation.
- CBS13 News - February 10, 2006
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