FBI agent fatally shoots man at New Orleans East motel

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker  --  Police and other law enforcement officers, including the FBI, US Marshalls and State Police, are on the scene of a Motel 6 in New Orleans East Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Police and other law enforcement officers, including the FBI, US Marshalls and State Police, are on the scene of a Motel 6 in New Orleans East Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

An FBI agent working as part of a task force investigating drug-related activity shot and killed a man on Tuesday afternoon behind a motel in New Orleans East, the agency said.

The 30-year-old victim’s name was not immediately released pending notification of family, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

New Orleans police were notified about 2 p.m. of a signal 108 — code for an officer needing assistance — at the Motel 6 at 12330 S. Interstate 10 Service Road, just off of Bullard Avenue. The man’s body was removed from a car behind the hotel a little after 5 p.m.

An ambulance left the hotel parking lot, accompanied by a New Orleans police car, about 3 p.m. and took one person to Interim LSU Hospital with injuries that were not serious, said New Orleans EMS spokeswoman Liz Belcher. No other details about that person or his injuries were available.

The bureau did not provide any details about what led to the shooting.

Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans office, said in a news release that the agent will remain on duty while an internal investigation into the shooting takes place

No one answered the phone at the hotel late Tuesday evening, and a handful of guests who walked up to the property earlier in the day said they did not know what happened.

The Motel 6 was built in 1999 and has been the scene of several crimes, including the murder in 2004 of two women in a second-floor room.

While the FBI is leading the investigation with agents from Washington, D.C., and the local field office, State Police is in charge of the scene, Romig said.

State Police and the New Orleans Police Department are assisting with “other matters related to the investigation,” Romig said.

Trooper Melissa Matey, a State Police Troop B spokeswoman, said the State Police Crime Lab is working to gather and collect evidence in the case. New Orleans police spokeswoman Remi Braden late Tuesday evening declined to comment on the department’s involvement in the investigation.