Shreveport police ID man accused of fleeing from, shooting at officers

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport police have arrested a man they say opened fire on an officer while attempting to flee from a traffic stop early Friday morning.

Lavonta Smith, 24, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated flight.

Lavonta Smith, 24 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

It happened just after 2:30 a.m. when the officer tried to pull over a driver, later identified as Smith, who had just disregarded the traffic light at Midway Avenue and Mansfield Road. Police say Smith instead sped off.

“During the minutes-long pursuit, the officer heard multiple gunshots, and at least one of those shots struck the driver’s side front windshield of the police cruiser,” SPD said in a statement on Smith’s arrest. “The officer was not struck by the projectile but did receive minor injuries from shrapnel.”

The pursuit spanned three neighborhoods before Smith reached the dead-end of the 100 block of West 77th Street, where police say he got out of the car with a .223 caliber pistol and fled on foot.

He was taken into custody a short time later. No shots were fired by police officers.

Smith was taken to the Shreveport Police Complex, where he was interviewed by detectives then booked into the Shreveport City Jail. Police say other charges in addition to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated flight from a police officer are forthcoming.

“I’m asking my officers to intensify their efforts to protect our public and that includes proactive patrolling of our streets. This officer was doing the job asked of him and could have easily lost his life doing so. We are thankful that nobody was seriously injured this morning and appreciate our communities ongoing support,” interim Chief Wayne Smith said in the statement.

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