Coroner rules on death of Mandeville police captain; Covington man arrested, booked in shooting

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MANDEVILLE, La. — A veteran Mandeville police officer was fatally shot and another received minor injuries when a suspect opened fire on them after both the suspect’s and officers’ vehicles crashed at the end of a pursuit Friday, law enforcement officials said. 

Vincent Liberto, 58, a 25-year veteran of the force, died at the scene of the shooting and another officer was taken to the hospital and then released Friday evening, officials said. 

State Police say one suspect, identified as 21-year-old Mark Spicer of Covington, has been booked 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 (firearm).  

On Saturday, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston confirmed Liberto died from multiple gunshot wounds on the scene. He was struck with two projectiles, Preston said. 

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