Fired maintenance man charged in shooting death of apartment manager

Fired maintenance man charged in shooting death of apartment manager
Arrested: Robert Earl Walter, 54 (Source: BCPD)
Arrested: Robert Earl Walter, 54 (Source: BCPD)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier City Police allege that an apartment complex maintenance man who was fired early Wednesday returned to the scene of his employment and shot to death the apartment manager.

Detectives arrested Robert Earl Walter, 54, of Shreveport on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of April Fulghum, 32, of Greenwood.

The shooting occurred about 11:45 a.m. at the office at Lexington Place Apartments in the 100 block of Barrington Drive. Police say Fulghum was inside the building with multiple gunshot wounds.

Fulghum was taken to LSU Health where she was pronounced dead.

Two other office employees inside the office at the time of the shooting were not injured.

Detectives allege that Walter, who was fired just hours earlier from his job as maintenance worker with the company that manages the complex, walked into the office and shot Fulghum before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck.

About two hours after the shooting, Walter turned himself over to Shreveport Police at their training academy on Greenwood Road. Police took him into custody and booked him as a fugitive from Bossier City.

Bossier City Police took Walter into custody after getting a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with second-degree murder and booked into the Bossier City Jail. His bond is set at $750,000.

Wednesday's events led to good training experience for Shreveport Police cadets.

When the accused gunman in Wednesday's shooting turned himself in, it was not in Bossier City where the shooting occurred, but at the Shreveport Police Academy on Greenwood Road.

Sgt. Tedris Smith says Walker's unexpected arrival was a good opportunity for cadets to learn what to do in this type of situation. "Be prepared for any situation cause you never know what's gonna happen and when it's gonna happen. So, this was good training lesson for us and our cadets to actually witness someone coming to turn themselves in."

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