Caddo DA declines review of Anthony Childs death

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo Parish District Attorney has declined to review the death of a Shreveport man during an armed confrontation with a Shreveport police officer.

Caddo Parish D.A. James E. Stewart Sr. stated, “The Caddo Parish Coroner having found the death of Anthony Childs to be a suicide and there being no evidence to the contrary, the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office will not make a formal review of this matter. The file will be returned to the Shreveport Police Department.”

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 Feb. 5 Childs, 31, was involved in an armed confrontation with Shreveport Police officer Treveion Brooks near the intersection of Hollywood Ave. and Kennedy Dr. 

Officer Brooks tried to detain Childs but he ran away.  When Childs was confronted by the officer, he pulled out a gun and shot himself in the chest.

A total of nine shots were fired during the confrontation. Forensic evidence was consistent with eight shots being fired by Officer Brooks, three of which hit Childs, each fired at a distant range and nonlethal.

The self-inflicted gunshot wound to Childs’ chest 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 Shreveport Police officer Trevion Brooks, other responding officers and eyewitness testimony.

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