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Funeral services set for slain Mandeville officer

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 19:02:07-04

MANDEVILLE — Funeral services have been set for the Mandeville Police captain who was shot and killed last week.

Vincent "Vinny" Liberto Jr. was killed following a traffic stop and pursuit in Mandeville on September 20, 2019. Liberto was a former Marine and was a father to seven children. He was a graduate of the FBI Academy, a polygraphist, and had been honorably discharged from the Marines after serving for ten years. Read more here

Funeral services will be held at the Castine Center in Mandeville on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. The services are open to the public.

Visitation at the Castine Center will begin at 9:00 a.m., until funeral time. A police procession will follow the funeral services. Interment at the Saint Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden in Covington will begin after the police procession arrives, with full military honors.

The route of the funeral procession is still being finalized, and will be released later this week.

Statement from the family is below:

"The family of Captain Vincent N. Liberto Jr. is very appreciative of the enormous outpouring of love and support since Friday, 20 September 2019. There is no doubt that Vince, and so many others, cheered the Saints on to victory yesterday from Heaven! We are requesting that everyone please respect our privacy as we move forward and prepare for this Friday's Memorial Ceremony to celebrate his honorable life."

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with Liberto's death. Read that story here.

Nola.com reports that during a news conference Monday, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker identified the injured officer as 26-year-old Ben Cato. He is reported to be back at work on administrative duties.