Shreveport downtown gunfight : one injury, one arrest, two cops on paid leave

By Nancy Cook |

Published 06/15 2014 11:05AM

Updated 06/15 2014 11:11AM

A shooting in downtown Shreveport early Saturday morning left one man behind bars, another injured, and the two Shreveport police officers involved on paid administrative leave.

Zachary Markray, 27 was booked into the Shreveport City jail after an investigators developed him as a suspect in the shooting of 21-year-old Queshaun Ware after gunfire erupted in the 600 block of Commerce Street in Shreveport.

Just before 4 a.m. Saturday (June 14, 2014), Shreveport Police officers were working in the 600 block of Commerce Street when they heard what they thought to be gunshots coming from a location close in proximity to their own. Investigating the source of the shots, officers observed a male standing near the intersection of Commerce and Fannin Streets, actively firing a handgun in the direction of bystanders.

As officers prepared to engage the suspect, a second volley of shots coming from an area just west of the officers location drew officer's attention to what was described as a dark colored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  It was during that time, the initial suspect resumed firing his weapon.  


In response, both police officers fired their service weapons at the suspect, who fled the scene driving a white, four-door vehicle, later determined to be a Cadillac CTS. Also fleeing the scene was the driver of the Monte Carlo. Both vehicles headed north on Clyde Fant Parkway. 


During the melee, it was learned 21 Ware sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the forearm.  In speaking with Ware, officers determined Ware's location to be behind that of police officers at the time he was shot. 


Ware subsequently was transported to University Health Medical Center where he was treated and released.  Officers working the incident were able to quickly locate each vehicle and detain the drivers, who were transported to police headquarters for interviews. 


Following those interviews, authorities arrested and charged Markray with Illegal Use of a Weapon.  Markray was the driver of the Cadillac CTS, and based on evidence collected at the scene of the crime, was linked to the shooting. 

The second man, the driver of the Monte Carlo, was not charged in connection with the shooting and was released following questioning. 


The two Shreveport Police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Shreveport Fire and Police Civil Service Board.  Their names have not been released.


As the investigation moves forward, authorities are asking persons with information about the shooting to contact Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or on their website at   

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