A law enforcement officer found dead Tuesday afternoon in the gym of New Orleans Police Department’s headquarters was a lieutenant with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office who previously worked for decades at the NOPD, the sheriff’s office said. 

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Philip Stelly identified the deceased officer as Lt. Fred Austin, who was assigned to the Force Investigative Team of the Investigative Services Bureau. Austin joined the sheriff’s office in 2015 after his retirement from NOPD. He was 55. 

James Melancon, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office, said on Wednesday the cause of Austin’s death remains under investigation. NOLA.com reports.


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