Suspected car thief jailed on multiple charges after leading SPD on foot chase


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — A suspected car thief has been jailed on multiple charges after leading Shreveport Police on a foot chase.

Willie Cummings Jr., 19, was taken into custody Friday morning near the 4900 block of Durham Place.

According to the Shreveport Police Department, around 2:30 a.m. Friday officers tried to stop a black Toyota Camry for no headlights in the 5100 block of Westwood Park. Initially, Cummings refused to stop but a short time later he got out of the vehicle and ran away.

As the officer was running after Cummings, he heard two shots nearby but did not see anyone shooting.

Following a thorough search Cummings was found and taken into custody.

SPD Property Crimes Unit detectives said that Cummings was carrying a stolen gun and they also learned the car he was driving was also reported stolen.

During an interview Cummings told investigators the gun he had accidentally discharged during the foot chase.

Cummings was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on two counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, one count of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, one count of Illegal Use of a Weapon, and multiple outstanding arrest warrants.

Detectives said Cummings is also a suspect in a separate unrelated stolen car incident.

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