Slain Mandeville police officer identified as captain, 25-year veteran of force

Louisiana

Captain Vincent Liberto served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a graduate of Brother Martin High School. He leaves behind a wife and seven kids.

MANDEVILLE, La. (WWL-TV) – Captain Vincent “Vinny” Liberto Jr. was coming up on his 26th year with the Mandeville Police Department when he was shot and killed during a high-speed chase Friday afternoon. 

He’s the first Mandeville police officer killed in the line of duty in 61 years. According to law enforcement officials, he and another officer pursued a vehicle that refused to pull over around 2 p.m. Friday. The chase ended in a 3-vehicle crash, in which the suspects then got up and shot at the officers before fleeing.

Liberto, 58, died on the scene. The other officer received graze wounds from the gunfire and was rushed to the hospital, where he was released the same day.

Back up arrived and two suspects were taken into custody Friday. Neither the identities of the suspects nor any official charges were immediately announced. 

The department identified Liberto as their fallen officer Friday night.

“Captain Liberto was a highly decorated and respected law enforcement officer, known across the entire country,” a press release said. 

He leaves behind a wife and seven children. Several of those children are current law enforcement officers and military members, the release said. 

Besides his decorated career with the department, Liberto also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a graduate of Brother Martin High School. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the shooting followed a routine traffic stop that turned into a vehicle pursuit.

He joined MPD in 1994 after more than 10 years in the USMC and another five years as a deputy with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Once in Mandeville, his positions spanned from detective to lieutenant and more. He was promoted to captain in April of this year. 

He also supervised the Criminal Investigations Division and was a polygraph examiner. His awards included being named Officer of the Year. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

 

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