Louisiana Officer Shot; Manhunt Ongoing

Law enforcement officials surround the scene where a Shreveport police officer was shot Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Police in northwest Louisiana say an officer has died after being shot while on duty, and a manhunt for a suspect is under way. (Henrietta Wildsmith/The Shreveport Times via AP)

The latest on the killing of an on-duty Shreveport police officer (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Police in Jackson, Mississippi, are on the lookout for the suspect in the killing of a Shreveport, Louisiana police officer.

Colendula Green, public information officer for the Jackson Police Department, said the department was asked for help in locating 27-year-old Grover Cannon, who is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Police Officer Thomas LaValley.

LaValley was shot and killed Wednesday while on duty in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Jackson Police Department says officers are paying especially close attention to buses arriving from Shreveport.

“Once we were notified, we jumped on it immediately to assist,” said Green. Jackson is about 220 miles east of Shreveport.

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12 noon (EDT)

The mayor of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, decried the death of a “brave” police officer who was shot and killed while on duty.

Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley, 29, was shot multiple times while answering a call about a suspicious person at a home in the city’s Queensborough neighborhood Wednesday night.

“Last night, we lost one of our brave, uniformed officers in the line of duty. Our hearts are saddened,” Mayor Ollie Tyler said in a statement. “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.”

A search continues for Grover Cannon, 27, the suspect in the killing.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – Police in northwest Louisiana say an officer has died after being shot while on duty, and a manhunt for a suspect is under way.

Shreveport police spokesman Bill Goodin tells The Associated Press that investigators believe they know who the suspect is and are obtaining a warrant for his arrest.

Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw says 24-year-old Thomas Lavalley was shot multiple times Wednesday night while answering a call about a suspicious person at a home in the city’s Queensborough neighborhood. Shaw says neighbors told the officer that the man inside the home was wanted. Shaw says the officer didn’t know the man was armed, and he went inside and was shot.

Shaw said Thursday at a news conference that an arrest warrant has been issued for 27-year-old Grover Cannon, who was already wanted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Once arrested, Shaw says Cannon will be booked with first-degree murder.

Shaw says Lavalley was taken to University Health, where he died a short time later.

Police spokesman Bill Goodin says Shreveport police, Caddo Parish deputies, along with DeSoto Parish deputies, U.S. Marshals and the state police have joined the search for Cannon.

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