Alex Newton shoots Officer Townsend

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Alex Newton shoots Officer Townsend - So performance at the Academy of Music...
So performance at the Academy of Music to-night, to-night, to-night, that the company may lie allowed the opportunity of witnessing witnessing the Mistick Krewe display. THE CITY. Killing of Officer Town send. ALEIANPKX NEWT02T I11KNTUTKD. The investigation in the case of officer O. P. TownSend, who was shot and mortally mortally wounded, on the 7th inst., at the corner of St. Charles and Common streets, and died soon after at the Charity Charity Hospital, was commenced yesterday by Coroner Creagh : Wm. Valnh, 95 Hasin street, sworn : On Wednesday, the 7th inst., about 10 P. M.; Alexander Hewton and nimselx came down from No. 32 St. Charles street t whilst on the banquette he conversed. with Newton about playing faro. Police officers accosted them and ordered them to leave. They replied that they (the police )had better attend to their owa business and walk their beats. The oftii- oftii- cers took hold of witness. Somebody leliind was ordered to take Newton. Ap witness was marched off to the station a nistol shot was tired behind. The nolice- nolice- iiian let witness go and ran up SuCharles street towards oravier. Witness beine asked who fired the shot answered he did not know. The shooting took place about 20 feet from the corner of Common street and St. Charles. I'eter Graham. 396 Customhouse street. did not know anvtbimr about the affair. Corporal J. P. Champagne heard five pistol- pistol- shots; saw the flash of every shot ; ran down after the first shot was tired in company with Officers McLaughlin McLaughlin and Coleinan ; met Officer McAlpine in the middle of the street : learned from him that a man had been shot. When, witness arrived there some citizen called liis attention to a pistol with which the shootinsc had lieen done. It was foand in the gutter by Officer Coleman. Was told by several citizens that Newton had none me snooting, rte ana. umoer Aie Laugblin arrested Aewton, wno was m the crowd. Officers McAlpine and Beilly identified Newton, bianuned the pistol onnd in the (ratter. It was a nve- nve- shooter ; every barrel was discharged. ana it was yet not. OtHcrr John ReiUu Walsh and Newton were at the corner of St. Charles and Common streets, pulling each other and disputing about two bite. They were told to leave- leave- and settle tneir dispute t-lsewhere. t-lsewhere. t-lsewhere. I loth McAlpine and witness arrested Walsh. Witness called Town- Town- sc-ud sc-ud sc-ud und told him to arrest Newton Deceased caiiie up and put his hand on N i-wtoii i-wtoii i-wtoii s nirht shoulder, rsewton (tare a half turn, then witness saw the Hash Of si revolver and both officers let Walsh go. Lfc-censed Lfc-censed Lfc-censed fell down, rose and ran towards towards tiravier street. As the oilicers let l'O Walsh tbev made for Newton. He 1 tacked across the street and fired foar liots at them. Newton was arrested by officers Jones and witness. He is positive that Newt-mi Newt-mi Newt-mi nreu the shots. Ojtii-er Ojtii-er Ojtii-er Thou. Mc A I nine This witness rorrolioratefi the aliove statement : he t-w t-w t-w the Hash from Newton's hand, and saw deceased fall. J nines jHcyer No. 4.50 Dryades street as in the Orleans House ; saw a man run towards St. Charles and drop a pistol in tne gutter from nis rig lit band : recog 1 1 1 7 eil the man as Alexander Newton. Officer J. V. JoncM Saw Newton tire the last shots: saw the pistol in his hand ivliTi li f 1 T"eH Ujficer W. JI. Murphy Was in the Orleans Orleans House ; run out when the suets were fired ; saw Newton fire two shots ; lie is nositive that Newton hred. T)r. C. P. Ames. Citv Physician, who made the oost mortem examination, has iriven tjie, following certificate : Death was caused by internal heraor- heraor- rhaira and neritonitia. D rod need by a Ills tol shot wound. The ball entering the cavity of the abdomen at a line two incbes and a half below the umbiliiua, and one and three-quarters three-quarters three-quarters of an incty to tne ngnt ox tne meaia line, ioe uaii went in a downwards direction to the opposite side, passing through the small intestines in four different places, injuring injuring branches of the superior mesinteuic artery, and lodging in the plvis near the origin of the obturator intermns and pyriformis muscles, at which point the ball was extracted. The jury gave verdict charging Alexander Alexander Newton with murder.

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 13 Feb 1872, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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