Man free after arrest on false shooting accusation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man who spent nearly two months in jail after being accused of shooting at a Louisiana police officer has been freed, as evidence indicated that only the officer fired a gun.

Twenty-one-year-old Raheem Howard was released early Tuesday. He had faced a charge of attempted murder of a Baton Rouge police officer. But a prosecutor later said there was insufficient evidence for the charge. The Advocate reported that audio from the police car’s rear camera and a neighbor’s surveillance video supported Howard’s claim that only one gunshot was fired after the Aug. 7 traffic stop.

Howard remained in jail until Tuesday because his probation was revoked for earlier convictions.

The officer, Yuseff Hamadeh, was initially placed on paid administrative leave, but later returned to desk duty,

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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