Authorities arrest suspect in fatal shooting of postal carrier; victim identified

Authorities arrest suspect in fatal shooting of postal carrier; victim identified
BOOKED: Michael Jerred Gentry, 32, of the 1100 block of Dudley Drive in Shreveport, one count each of second-degree murder, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice plus a parole violation. [Sources: Shreveport Police Department (left) and Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office]

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a U.S. Postal Service carrier on Saturday, June 22.

The mail carrier has been identified as 52-year-old Antonio Williams, of Shreveport.

His family says he was the father of eight and grandfather of 13 who loved his job.

Officers arrived on the scene at Lakeville Townhomes in the 1100 block of Dudley Drive on Saturday to find Williams with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body.

The family of the late Antonio Williams, the 52-year-old father of eight and grandfather of 13, says he was a a postal carrier for 17 years who loved his job. [Source: Antonio Williams' family]
The family of the late Antonio Williams, the 52-year-old father of eight and grandfather of 13, says he was a a postal carrier for 17 years who loved his job. [Source: Antonio Williams' family]

Williams was taken to a local hospital, where he died at 12:09 p.m., the Caddo coroner’s office reports.

Investigators have arrested 32-year-old Michael Jerred Gentry, of the 1100 block of Dudley Drive in Shreveport, on one count of second-degree murder.

According to police, Gentry shot Williams as Williams was delivering mail to a residence just after 11:20 a.m. Saturday.

Currently, investigators do not believe any dispute occurred between the two men prior to the shooting.

Gentry was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and booked into Shreveport City Jail at 9:22 p.m. the same day, booking records show.

He remains in custody in Caddo Correctional Center, where he was booked at 7:03 p.m. Sunday.

Gentry also is charged with one count each of battery of a police officer, resisting an officer, theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice plus a parole violation.

His bond has been set at $250,000 on the murder charge and $5,000 each on the charges of battery of a police officer and resisting an officer, booking records show.

No bond has been set on the remaining charges.

Investigators returned to the scene of the homicide Sunday and, while there, arrested Gentry’s girlfriend.

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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