Community meeting called as questions persist in Anthony Childs death

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A community meeting is planned for next week to discuss the shooting death of Anthony Childs, who authorities say shot himself during the course of an armed confrontation with police in February. 

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

Police say Childs ran away when Officer Brooks tried to detain him, and pulled out a gun and shot himself when the officer caught up and confronted him. 

A total of nine shots were fired during the confrontation, according to police. They say forensic evidence was consistent with eight shots being fired by Officer Brooks, three of which hit Childs. The investigation found that each shot fired by Brooks was fired at a distant range and nonlethal and that the self-inflicted gunshot wound to Childs’ chest was the fatal shot.

Family members have questioned the findings, but the Caddo Parish District Attorney declined to review the case in early April.

Shreveport Councilman James Green pushed for the release of the police dash cam footage from the shooting, which was ultimately released and viewed during Tuesday afternoon’s council meeting. 

On Wednesday morning, a community meeting was called by Pastor Mayes of New Macedonia Baptist Church and Citizens for Better Louisiana. 

The meeting will be held Monday, May 6 at Winnfield Funeral Home at 3701 Hollywood Ave. in Shreveport.

According to a flyer distributed by Pastor Mayes, special guests will include Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, District Attorney James Stewart, Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond, and other community advocates. 

Mayes says all invited guests have confirmed they will attend except for Stewart, who will be sending a representative from his office.

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