A New Orleans Police sergeant who was questioned Friday in connection with the shooting of his supervisor was transferred to desk duty two days later.
Sgt. Willie Davis, 56, was transferred to a desk job effective Sunday. A police department spokesman said he had been moved from a position as the NOPD’s fleet manager to a new job performing administrative duties at the 911 call center.
Internal investigators have been examining whether Davis had any role in the non-fatal shooting in October of his supervisor at the fleet management job, Cmdr. Derek Frick.
Public Integrity Bureau Lt. Kevin Burns wrote in a March 2 warrant obtained by the New Orleans Advocate that he had “learned that Willie Davis may have been (involved) or shared responsibility in the attempted murder.”
Tyler Gamble, the Police Department spokesman, said the transfer had been in the works “for some time now.”
“He has served as fleet manager, which is a position that has been identified as one that can be performed by a civilian,” Gamble said. “That position was created, candidates were interviewed and a civilian replacement has been identified and hired.”
A search warrant for Davis’s hospital records had indicated that he requires dialysis treatment, meaning he may suffer from a medical condition that prevents him from performing patrol duty like other officers moved under the NOPD’s wide-scale redeployment to the streets.