Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest for attempted murder

Shreveport Police have arrested a man believe responsible for a shooting in west Shreveport back in May.


On May 19, 2017, shortly after 9:00 pm, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to the 5600 block of Buncombe Road on reports of a man being shot. They arrived to find Leroy Butts, 30, in the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. His injuries were life threatening.


Investigators with the Shreveport Police Department Violent Crimes Investigations Unit immediately launched an investigation into the matter. Through information gathered during the course of that that investigation, they were able to procure a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Lawson, 27, of the 600 block of west 74th Street for one count of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.


On July 20, 2017, Shreveport Police patrol officers received an anonymous tip from Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers indicating Lawson’s whereabouts. Members of Shreveport Police Department’s K9 Unit and graveyard shift patrol officers were able to take Lawson into custody, without incident. Lawson was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on the outstanding warrant. His bond is set at $500,000.00.

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