(KTAL/KMSS) The Caddo Parish Coroner’s office has concluded its investigation into the death of a Shreveport man involved in an armed confrontation with a Shreveport Police officer in early February and has determined the death to be a suicide.
Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Todd G. Thoma’s investigation showed that forensic evidence was consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
On the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2019, Anthony Childs, 31, was involved in an armed confrontation with Shreveport Police officer Treveion Brooks near the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Kennedy Drive.
Brooks attempted to detain Childs, who fled, and when confronted by the officer, produced a handgun. During the confrontation, Childs shot himself in the chest.
The confrontation continued and a total of nine shots were fired. Forensic evidence was consistent with eight shots being fired by Brooks, three of which struck Childs, each fired at a distant range and nonlethal.
The self-inflicted gunshot wound to Childs chest was a near-contact wound and was the fatal shot. Autopsy results showed the presence of both marijuana and methamphetamine metabolites in Childs’ blood.
The determination was made through forensic evidence, autopsy results, police camera video and audio, the testimony of Officer Brooks, other responding officers and eyewitness testimony.