- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy has been suspended for a procedural failure that allowed an inmate to escape while leaving court.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday suspended the deputy without pay. The name of the deputy is being withheld pending completion of an administrative review.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, 38-year-old Lionel Trumble, charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, was transported to the court for a hearing on Monday and somehow managed to walk away afterward.

Sheriff’s spokesman Marc Ehrhardt says he could not disclose more details about how Trumble escaped, or cite the procedures the deputy violated, because the information is part of an investigation.

U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement are actively searching for Trumble.

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