Update, 11:19 a.m., July 6, 2016
The district attorney for East Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have taken the lead in the deadly officer involved shooting of Alton Sterling early Tuesday morning.
Hillar C. Moore III issued a statement late Wednesday morning saying the decision to involve the federal agencies was made to give the community confidence that local law enforcement is committed to transparency in the case.
Moore aid he will receive the results of all investigations into Sterling’s death and once he gets the reports, he will decide whether to prosecute the officer involved in state court.
He said he and other staff members “have been involved in this investigation since the first report of the shooting.”
Moore said he expects the investigations will take at least four weeks to obtain all investigative and scientific results.
When an officer is involved in a shooting, Moore said, protocol requires that the police immediately notify his office so he can be involved in all aspects of the investigation.
“This protocol has been followed in this case,” he said.
Moore said he would ensure that the public is in informed about all stages of the investigation.
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