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NOPD detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting in Hollygrove.

It happened this Sunday morning just before 10am on the 8600 block of Belfast.
Police say the call came out as a shoplifter in the area. They say two officers responded, and one of the officers shot and killed a 31-year-old man.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon Chief Ronal Serpas says a 45 caliber handgun was found lying next to the man, but the details surrounding how and why the shooting occurred are still being investigated.

Sunday afternoon those who knew the man gathered at the scene.

Serpas says he believes the officer who fired perceived a threat to his life. The department has not said whether there was an exchange of gunfire. The Independent Police Monitor is also investigating.