SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An ongoing investigation surrounding alleged "criminal activity" involving a crew of firefighters at a Shreveport fire station could net more arrests in the coming days. As of Wednesday morning, Shreveport Police had arrested three firefighters on charges of principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm since last Friday. The three firefighters arrested include 23-year veteran Captain Derrick Harris, 4-year veteran firefighter Clint Richardson and Fire Engineer Billy Glass.
On Tuesday, Fire Chief Craig Mulford said "my fire department is fully cooperating with this investigation and I am taking the proper disciplinary steps as we proceed." Chief Mulford added that the investigation revolves around "a single shift at a single fire house and does not represent circumstances that can be attributed to any of the other 21 stations across the city."
According to the Shreveport Fire Department, a total of five firefighters assigned to Station #8 in the 3400 block of Velva Street near the Fairgrounds have been placed on administrative leave. Shreveport Police investigators tell KSLA News 12 that additional arrests may be forthcoming.
Below is a timeline outlining the investigation released by the Shreveport Fire Department on Tuesday, August 6:
June 25th Complaint Letter received from employee at Station 8
June 26th Notice of Formal Investigation given to five firefighters
July 8th Meet with C-Shift Command Staff
July 10th Notice of formal investigation given to one firefighter
July 29th Police Chief made aware of possible criminal conduct at Station 8
July 30th Information sent to SFD Internal Affairs
July 30th Fire Chief meets with SPD Detective
July30th Fire Chief meets with FBI
July 31st SPD begins criminal investigation
August 2nd 1st arrest made: Capt. Derrick N. Harris
August 2nd Station 8 Capt. placed on administrative leave
August 3rd Five firefighters assigned to Station 8 placed on leave
August 5th 2nd arrest made: Firefighter Clint Richardson
August 6th 3rd Arrest Made- Fire Engineer Billy Glass