Longview kidnapping suspect in custody after 3-hour standoff with Shreveport police


One suspect is in custody and three others are being interviewed after a three-hour stand-off in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood was resolved without incident.

The suspect, Desmond Edwards, was wanted by Longview, Texas, police, was taken into custody and will be booked into Shreveport City Jail on a fugitive charge until he can be extradited back to Longview, according Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond, who addressed reporters following the incident.

It began just before 9 a.m. today when Shreveport Police learned a car fitting the description of one used in an early-morning burglary and kidnapping in Longview, Texas, was parked in front of a house on Judson Street and Missouri Avenue.

More than two dozen Shreveport Police units responded to the scene, and set up a perimeter around the area. They were assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, the Bossier Police Department and Shreveport Fire Department.

Raymond said SPD’s Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene and made contact with some of the people inside the home. Those negotiations resulted in three people, along with a child, coming out of the home. They were taken into custody until their part in the incident could be determined through interviews.

The suspect, however, remained inside, and, though plans were made to go in after him if necessary, negotiators were able to make contact and convince him to surrender, Raymond said.

Edwards was taken into custody and booked into the Shreveport City Jail as a fugitive from Longview. Raymond said he believes Edwards will be charged with aggravated battery in Longviews and other charges are pending.

Longview Police investigators are in Shreveport and conducting interviews with Edwards and witnesses.

Edwards will be extradited back to Longview.

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