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Apr 20, 2010 5:02 AM

Suits over N.O. police shooting on hold

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Two lawsuits over a man's fatal shooting by New Orleans police on New Year's Day 2009 are on hold while the Justice Department investigates the case.

In a court filing, lawyers for relatives of Adolph Grimes III said they met with a federal prosecutor who confirmed that the 22-year-old's death is under investigation.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Friday to shelve the family's two consolidated suits temporarily.

Grimes is a New Orleans native who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

He was parked outside his grandmother's house when he was confronted by plainclothes officers investigating a shooting outside a bar. The lawsuits claim police had no justification for shooting at Grimes as he ran away.

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