Police Officer Thomas LaValley
Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 5, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: At large
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Willie Shaw
Shreveport Police Department
1234 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71161
Phone: (318) 673-6932
Police Officer Thomas LaValley was shot and killed when he and several other officers responded to a domestic violence call involving a man threatening other family members with a gun at approximately 9:15 pm.
When officers arrived at the home in the 3500 block of Del Rio Street, in the Queensborough area of the city, the subject opened fire. Officer LaValley was was struck multiple times. He was transported to University Health where he succumbed to his wounds.
The subject fled the scene and remains at large. The man is also wanted for a shooting that occurred approximately three weeks earlier.
Officer LaValley had served with the Shreveport Police Department for four years.
A massive manhunt is underway in Shreveport for a man suspected of shooting and killing Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley who had answered a report of a suspicious person at a Queensborough house.
Grover D. Cannon, 27, of Shreveport, faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting. Cannon also is a suspect in an unrelated July 15 shooting on Judson Street that left a man wounded.
LaValley, 29, was dispatched to a house in the 3500 block of Del Rio shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday to a suspicious-person call. People who had been in the house told the officer there was a man inside who might have a warrant out for his arrest, Police Chief Willie Shaw said at a news conference this morning.
LaValley went inside, confronted the man and was shot multiple times, Shaw said.
He died at University Health.
Details of what happened inside the house are under investigation, and Shaw did not provide specifics of what detective had determined.
"There is nowhere he can go, nothing he can do, to stop us from bringing him to justice," Shaw said of Cannon, who at the time of the shooting was wanted on attempted murder charges in connection with a shooting earlier this summer in Shreveport. "No matter what rock he crawls under, we will find him.
"He is nothing to me but a coward."
Shaw said the shooting isn’t related to a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Queensborough neighborhood in July.
LaValley was a four-year veteran who was the honor graduate of his police academy class. Before being hired by Shaw, he worked as a cameraman at KTBS 3 News.
"He did not hesitate to confront a bad person," Shaw said. "In this day and time, where it’s become popular to denigrate law enforcement officers, here’s a chance to say something good about an office who literally sacrificed his life to help others."
Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler is asking residents to cooperate with police during the search for Cannon.
"We will get this man who did this tragic thing to Officer LaValley," Tyler said.