A grand jury this week indicted an Army veteran and former New Orleans Police Department recruit on a second-degree murder charge for the November killing of a Metairie man who reportedly was trying to steal a bicycle in the Carrollton neighborhood.
Bradley Parvez, 31, was arrested the day of the shooting after telling a 911 dispatcher that a man in a black hooded sweatshirt was trying to steal a bike from the house where Parvez was living in the 1900 block of Fern Street.
Police say Parvez opened fire on the man, apparently from inside the home; the glass panel of the front door was found shattered.
Timothy Rainwater, 39, died from what neighbors described as a rapid succession of about five shots about 10 a.m. Nov. 13. Rainwater was unarmed, police say.
According to police, there were no signs of a break-in at the house, where neighbors said Parvez was living with his mother. Parvez declined to give a statement to police, records show.
Whether Parvez will offer a “stand your ground” defense remains to be seen. One legal expert, Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino, said the success of that argument might hinge on whether Rainwater was attempting a break-in.
Military records show Parvez served as a U.S. Army specialist from July 2001 to October 2010.
He graduated from the NOPD’s training academy but never finished his field training and resigned while under investigation, a Police Department spokesman has said.
That investigation involved questions about Parvez’s ability to obey authority and write accurate reports, along with a claim that he may have abandoned his post during Hurricane Katrina.
His initial bail in the killing of Rainwater was set at $250,000 before Thursday’s indictment.
Criminal District Court Judge Darryl Derbigny set a $1 million bail for Parvez after the indictment.
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