Manhunt Continues in Bossier; One Arrested for Attempted Murder

By Adria Goins – bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) –  Police in Bossier City are searching for a suspect in an early morning burglary. It all started around 3:30 Friday morning when two men allegedly attempted to break into a store off East Texas Street. One suspect ran off on foot but the other hopped into his truck and targeted two police officers. That sparked a three agency manhunt.

Law enforcement from Bossier Police, Bossier Sheriff's department, and Louisiana State Police spent hours combing through a wooded area for a suspect that tried to run over the two officers.

Police said Warren Jessie Newsom, 33, was attempting to rob an air conditioning and heating store when police arrived. Newsom allegedly hit Officer Neil Nunnery, running over his foot and grazing his leg. The second officer managed to get out of the way in time.

Officers said Newsom sped off into on-coming traffic but the chase ended quickly after crashing down the road. That's when the suspect disappeared into the woods. Four K-9 units were call in for the search. Bossier Parish also brought in its bloodhounds and state police watched for the suspect through the skies. Finally the search for the suspect came to an ironic end.

"The officer who was hit by the truck was the officer who took this individual into custody, found him underneath a boat trailer next to a mobile home," said Mark Natale, Bossier City Public Information Officer.

Police said Newsom refused to come out of hiding so a K-9 was called in and Newsom sustained a serious dog bite on the back of his neck. He was taken to an area hospital.

Newsom has been arrested and faces a number of charges including two counts of attempted murder. The search continues for the second suspect.

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