Colclough charged with manslaughter

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According to a press release from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, NOPD Officer Joshua Colclough, who fatally shot unarmed Wendell Allen in a Gentilly home in March, was indicted by a grand jury today with one count of manslaughter.

Earlier this week, Colclough decided at the last minute not to follow through on a proposed plea deal. Under the terms of the deal, he would have served a maximum five year sentence for pleading guilty to negligent homicide. If convicted of manslaughter, Colclough faces a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Colclough has been suspended without pay, according to the following statement from NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas:

“As I’ve said publicly many times, the loss of life is tragic and affects us all. Our investigators conducted a fair, thorough and transparent investigation into the death of Wendell Allen. Once we had all the facts available to us, we turned them over to the District Attorney’s Office. With the indictment handed down today, Joshua Colclough will be placed on emergency suspension without pay until the Public Integrity Bureau can determine his suitability for continued employment. Additionally, the necessary administrative review of the events which resulted in Mr. Allen’s death are pending the conclusion of the criminal charges filed today.”

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