Suspect arrested in murder of Shreveport mail carrier

Crime

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport Police have arrested a man in the late Saturday morning slaying of a mail carrier in east Shreveport.

Michael Gentry, 32, is accused in the shooting death of 52-year-old Antonio Williams, who was delivering mail in the South Highlands neighborhood.

At 11:20 a.m. Saturday, SPD patrol responded to reports of a shooting in the 1100 block of Dudley Drive. When they arrived, officers found Williams suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body.

Williams was taken to Ochsner LSU Health Hospital and succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Antonio Williams (Courtesy: Facebook)

Investigators with SPD’s Homicide and Crime Scene Units launched their investigation, interviewing multiple witnesses at the scene and collecting evidence.

The evidence eventually led to investigators’ conclusion that Gentry shot Williams as he was delivering mail to the residence. At this point, investigators do not believe there was any type of dispute between the men prior to the shooting.

By 9 p.m., investigators were able to use the evidence garnered throughout the afternoon and evening to obtain an arrest warrant charging Gentry with second-degree murder. Following an interview, Gentry arrested and booked into the Shreveport City Jail at 9:22 p.m. Saturday, just nine hours after the shooting occurred.

Gentry was also booked into jail on one count each of battery of a police officer and resisting an officer and a fugitive charge.

The latter charge concerned a contempt warrant issued on May 3, when Gentry failed to show up in court for the execution of a sentence for misdemeanor theft, after he pleaded pleading guilty to stealing a security camera from a former neighbor on Sept. 16, 2018.

Agents with the United States Postal Inspection Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration all played an active part in the investigation and arrest of Gentry.

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