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.
The entire LSP family expresses our deepest condolences following the tragic death of a @MandevillePD Officer in this afternoon’s shooting incident.— LA State Police (@LAStatePolice) September 20, 2019
Please keep his family, friends, and fellow officers in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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.
Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community. Please join @FirstLadyOfLA and me in praying for our state today. #lagov #lalege— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) September 20, 2019
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.