A Shreveport cop was shot and killed on Wednesday, August 5, and now a manhunt has been launched for the suspect of the deadly crime.
According to NBC News, the police officer, identified as Thomas LaValley, was shot several times while responding to a call at Del Rio Street about a suspicious person with a gun inside a home at around 9:15 pm. The man was apparently threatening to harm the other people in the home with the weapon. When LeValley arrived, someone opened fire, hitting him several times. The officer was taken to University Health for treatment with “critical injuries,” where he later died just after midnight.
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Shreveport police spokesman Bill Goodin said they believe they know who the suspect is, and are currently working on issuing a warrant for his arrest, the Denver Post reports. They are currently seeking out Grover D. Cannon in connection with the murder. Cannon is also wanted in connection with a shooting that took place July 15.
“We’ll continue searching until suspect is caught and brought to justice,” Shreveport Police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines said.
Shreveport PD searching for Grover Cannon, 27. Suspected of fatally shooting an officer Wednesday night. pic.twitter.com/acyCw4d5LU
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According to Goodin, Shreveport police, Caddo Parish deputies, along with DeSoto Parish deputies and the state police, are currently searching for the shooter. The police set up an approximately one-mile perimeter around the scene of the crime, and ushered bystanders out of the area and into a nearby supermarket parking lot, the Shreveport Times reports. At around 6:00 a.m., the Jackson, Mississippi, police closed off an area around a bus station and searched the Greyhound buses arriving from Shreveport.
“We’re not going to stop looking. He will be found. It’s not a question of if, it’s when,” Hines said.
Hines is asking that everyone pray for the fallen officer’s family.
Mayor Tyler asks for prayers for Office Thomas LeValley’s family. pic.twitter.com/s2KzEFCUVB
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“Our request is that everyone pray for the family of the officer involved,” he said.
A news conference was held at 9:30 on Thursday to release details of the fatal shooting, and the officer’s identity.
Thomas LeValley was a cameraman for KTBS before joining the force in 2011.
“Last night, our wonderful, kind, hard-working friend Thomas LeValley was killed in the line of duty as a Shreveport Police Officer. There are no words to describe our loss. And by ‘our loss,’ I mean—anyone and everyone that knew Thomas or came in contact with him,” Tim Fletcher wrote in a Facebook post.
[Photo via Facebook / Chris Redford]