Crime

Louisiana Police Officer Killed, Manhunt Under Way

| by Reuters

A manhunt was under way on Thursday for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Shreveport, Louisiana, overnight, local authorities said.

Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw vowed that police would not stop looking until they apprehended the suspected shooter, identified as Grover Cannon.

"No matter what rock he crawls under, we will find him," Shaw told reporters.

He said the officer, Thomas LaValley, responded to a suspicious person call on Wednesday evening in Shreveport, a city of about 200,000 people located about 200 miles east of Dallas.

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LaValley then got into a confrontation with Grover, who had an outstanding arrest warrant, and was shot multiple times, Shaw said at a press conference.

Grover now faces charges of first-degree murder, in addition to earlier charges of attempted second-degree murder, Shaw said.

LaValley worked in the Shreveport Police Department for four years after graduating at the top of his training class, Shaw said.

"He was doing what he loved," Shaw said. "He did not hesitate to confront a bad person."

The manhunt comes as mourners attend funeral services in Tennessee for Memphis police Officer Sean Bolton who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday when he interrupted a drug deal. The suspect surrendered to federal marshals on Monday after a two-day manhunt.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles, Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla., Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, and Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas.; Editing by Tom Heneghan and Mohammad Zargham) / Photo credit: KSLA