Suspect Who Allegedly Shot Cop in Louisiana in Custody

Suspect Who Allegedly Shot Cop in Louisiana in Custody
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08/06/2015 AT 11:00 PM EDT

Louisiana state police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting and killing of a Shreveport officer, CBS News reports.

Officers took Grover Cannon, 27, into custody around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

According to CBS, Louisiana law enforcement officers and the FBI were conducting a nationwide manhunt for Cannon, who allegedly shot and killed Officer Thomas LaValley on Wednesday.

Cannon was captured in a garage behind a home after police were tipped off by a phone call, Cpl. Marcus Hines of the Shreveport Police told CBS. Before catching Cannon, officers were searching an area in Shreveport near a daycare where a staff member reported that someone had broken in through a back door and damaged her fence.



An award of up to $25,000 was offered by the FBI for information leading to Cannon's arrest.

According to CBS, LaValley, the officer who was shot, responded to a call reporting a suspicious person at a home in Queensborough, a neighborhood in Shreveport. The city's police chief, Willie Shaw, said LaValley didn't know the suspect was armed, but was informed that he was wanted before entering the home.

There was a warrant for Cannon's arrest on a charge of second-degree-murder. Between the second-degree-murder charge and the new charge of first-degree-murder, Cannon potentially faces life in prison or the death penalty.

Shreveport's mayor also made a statement regarding the death.

"Last night, we lost one of our brave, uniformed officers in the line of duty," Mayor Ollie Tyler said. "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."
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