updated 9/8/2009 8:26:31 PM ET 2009-09-09T00:26:31

An Associated Press photographer has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury probing the death of a man whose burned body was found in a car near a police station several weeks after Hurricane Katrina.

Federal prosecutors also are seeking photos that AP photographer Alex Brandon took at an elementary school while he was working for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and covering the aftermath of the Aug. 29, 2005, storm.

Police were using the school as a temporary headquarters on Sept. 2, 2005, when a group of men drove up looking for help for 31-year-old Henry Glover, who had been shot, according to published reports.

One of those men reportedly later told investigators that Glover was still in the back seat when a police officer drove off with his car. Glover's remains later were recovered from the charred car when it turned up on a levee near a police station.

On assignment in Afghanistan
Brandon was at the elementary school on Sept. 2, 2005, but none of the photos in The Times-Picayune's archives show Glover or the car that took him there, according to Lori Mince, a lawyer for the newspaper.

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said the agency is investigating the circumstances of Glover's death, but she would not elaborate. Brandon is on assignment in Afghanistan and didn't immediately return a call for comment Tuesday, but an AP lawyer confirmed he received the subpoena to testify.

Dave Tomlin, AP's associate general counsel, said Brandon would not appear before the grand jury until October at the earliest if he does testify.

"We are discussing it with the U.S. Attorney's office," Tomlin said of the subpoena. "What they're interested in, generally, is information that he may have acquired while he was at the school."

The Justice Department's civil rights division also is investigating a separate incident, a deadly shooting by police officers on a New Orleans bridge on Sept. 4, 2005. Brandon also photographed the aftermath of that shooting.

A state judge last year dismissed criminal charges against seven current or former police officers in the shootings that killed two men and injured four other people, but federal authorities are trying to determine if the shootings violated anybody's civil rights.

"Both of those matters are under investigation separately," Thorne said of the bridge shootings and Glover's death.

Last month, the FBI seized computer records from two New Orleans police detectives who investigated the bridge shootings.

"The NOPD has cooperated with the U.S. Attorney and the FBI throughout their investigations and will continue to do so," Bob Young, a police department spokesman, said Tuesday.

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