SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –Shreveport's Chief of Police, Henry Whitehorn held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to answer questions concerning the city's permitting and licensing procedures.
This meeting came about after city officials learned of an Ark-La-Tex man, who reportedly drove taxis for Caddo and Bossier Parish, was arrested in DeSoto Parish for alleged murder of a 12-year-old child.
Right now the investigation continues into the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall. Tuesday DeSoto Sheriff's arrested Horn and formally charged him with 2nd degree murder in connection to Justin's death.
At first, DeSoto deputies reported Bloxom missing, but later on Bloxom's body was found in a wooded area of DeSoto Parish, by authorities.
Upon investigating, DeSoto deputies were led to Horn, which eventually led deputies to the Shreveport-Bossier area, thus involving Shreveport Police into the investigation of Horn.
Chief Whitehorn explained Wednesday that the City of Shreveport Ordinance for drivers for hire is in the stages of re-working.
KSLA News 12 has learned that registered sex offender and accused murderer, 34-year-old Brian Horn of Stonewall, Louisiana; did indeed follow the guidelines as outlined in the City of Shreveport's licensing ordinance.
Horn, reportedly drove taxis for Action Taxi of Bossier City.
Chief Whitehorn says the City of Shreveport was aware of Horn's prior convictions. The ordinance, according to the chief allows those with convictions to apply for a license as long as those convictions are not in the ordinance's five year allowance.
Chief Whitehorn also wanted to reiterate that they [City of Shreveport] followed all procedures on the city's end and that the City of Shreveport 'did not hire' Brian Horn.
Effective Wednesday, Shreveport Police Chief Whitehorn suspended Horn's licenses to drive for hire, the Chief reports Horn's licenses will not be revoked until he's been convicted of a crime.
KSLA News 12's Carolyn Roy is investigating the City of Shreveport's licensing ordinances and procedures and will have what she discovered coming up on KSLA News 12 at 5 and 6.