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Federal probe of NOPD apparently expanding

Associated Press - February 19, 2010 2:44 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The FBI has expanded its probe of actions by the New Orleans Police Department following Hurricane Katrina to include the death of a Connecticut man shot by police five days after the massive storm hit the city.

Matthew McDonald was shot Sept. 3, 2005, after, according to a police report, he reached into a plastic bag carrying a handgun instead of dropping it as officers ordered.

An FBI spokeswoman says they are looking into the circumstances surrounding McDonald's death, although she refused to give any details.

Police superintendent Warren Riley on Friday said the McDonald shooting was 1 of several the FBI has been investigating. For the most part, he said it was incidents that occurred within a month or 2 of the August 2005 storm.

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