Suspect in Louisiana Officer Murder Captured

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) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM; NO SALES

(CNN) – A man suspected of fatally shooting a Louisiana police officer has been captured, police said Thursday.

Grover Cannon, 27, is suspected of shooting and killing Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley on Wednesday night after LaValley responded to a call at a home in the area, Chief Willie Shaw said.

“He is nothing to me but a coward who would shoot an officer and hide and run,” Shaw said Thursday, referring to Cannon. “No matter what rock he crawls under, we will find him.”

Later Thursday, Louisiana State Police published a Facebook post that began “CAPTURED!” It also included a picture of what appears to be the shirtless suspect in the back of a police car.

Police already were looking for Cannon in connection with an incident that happened three weeks ago, Shaw said. Police said Cannon is suspected of shooting Darren Williams, 45, in Shreveport on July 15.

LaValley was responding to a call about a potential prowler at an area home. The suspect was initially believed to be in the home, armed and threatening to harm people, police spokesman Marcus Hines said.

After LaValley confronted Cannon, Cannon shot the officer multiple times, Shaw said.

LaValley was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Now, besides the previous charge, Cannon is wanted on suspicion of first-degree murder, Shaw said.

Authorities earlier Thursday offered up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to Cannon, as well as a warning for those who might see him.

“DO NOT APPROACH,” said the notice from the U.S. Marshals Service and Shreveport police. “If you know of his location, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.”

Officer LaValley’s death is the 20th this year at the hands of violent suspects in the United States.

Over the weekend, a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, was shot and killed during a regular traffic stop.

Officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked car, pulled up in front of it and shined his spotlight. When he approached the vehicle, a passenger confronted him.

A struggle ensued, and the passenger shot Bolton multiple times, authorities said. The car drove off, leaving the officer for dead.

On Monday, suspect Tremaine Wilbourn surrendered to authorities.

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