SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Shreveport police have confirmed with KSLA News 12 that suspected cop killer 27-year-old Grover Cannon is now in police custody.
Cannon was captured shortly after 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Jackson Street in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood.
Shreveport police as well as several other law enforcement agencies across the state had been actively searching for Cannon since Wednesday night when he reportedly shot and killed Officer Thomas LaValley.
Just before noon Thursday, police and K9 units were searching for the suspect near Frederick St. and Jewella Ave. At one point there were at least 7 police officers searching around Love, Joy & Peace Daycare.
A woman with the daycare says someone damaged her fence and broke in through her backdoor around 5:30 a.m. The woman says police searched the area with big guns. She also says police think the suspect may have passed through.
According to police, LaValley responded to the 3500 block of Del Rio Street around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on a call of a suspicious person making threats. Police say LaValley contacted the person and was shot multiple times in the upper body. He was later pronounced dead at University Health.
In a conference about the shooting, Police Chief Willie Shaw described the shooting as a “very tragic set of circumstances.”
Cannon was already wanted for attempted second degree murder. He is accused of shooting 45-year-old Darren Williams back on July 15.
Cannon is now charged with first degree murder.
Chief Shaw announced in a press conference Thursday morning that they would not rest until Cannon was brought to justice.
“He is nothing but a coward,” said Chief Shaw. “We will find him.”
“There’s nothing that he can do to stop us from bringing him to justice,” Shaw added.
Police say a perimeter was immediately set up to try and find the suspect. More than 7 dozen police were on scene at one point after the shooting.
Bossier City police and Louisiana State Police were assisting in the search for the gunman. Bossier City SWAT team officers and K9 units searched houses for the suspects in the Judson and Lakeshore Dr. area.
Overnight, KSLA News 12 learned DeSoto Parish also helped by lending a helicopter in the search for the gunman.
Caddo Parish Constable’s Office posted on their Facebook page, “May God bless the family of the SPD officer that lost his life tonight serving our city. Please keep this officer’s family in your prayers tonight as well as our law enforcement. He died protecting us.”
Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler released the following in an emailed statement, “Last night, we lost one of our brave, uniformed officers in the line of duty. Our hearts are saddened. We ask for the community’s prayers for this officer’s family and SPD as we grieve the loss of one of our own who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of this city.”
Officer LaValley had been with the police department since February 2011.
“He was doing what he loved,” said Chief Shaw. “Thomas LaValley is a hero and will never be forgotten.”
In an exclusive interview with Grover Cannon’s mom, Ramona, she urged her son to turn himself in.
“I just want my son to turn himself in,” said Ramona Cannon.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
A perimeter has been set in the Queensborough neighborhood as officers from SPD, the Bossier City Police Department, the Caddo and Bossier sheriff’s offices and the Louisiana state police attempted to find the gunman.