SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A 19-year-old Shreveport man is facing several charges following a foot chase in west Shreveport on Friday, Jan. 22.
Willie Cummings Jr. faces two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm and one count of illegal use of a weapon. Cummings was also wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants.
Around 2:30 a.m. officers attempted to pull over a black Toyota Camry after noticing the driver was operating the vehicle without its headlights on in the 5100 block of Westwood Park Drive, according to a news release.
After the driver refused to stop, he exited the car and fled on foot.
A foot chase began with the officer attempting to pursue the driver. As the chase went on, the officer hear two shots that appeared to come from nearby. However, no one witnessed the gun firing. Initial reports from police said that they believed officers were shot at.
Police began to gather at the Economy Inn and Suites near Lyba Street - not far from Westwood Park Drive. The incident did not take place at the motel.
The suspect was eventually located in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood in the 4900 block of Durham Place, across the interstate from where the car was abandoned. Police searched the suspect and recovered a stolen firearm in his possession.
Detectives with Shreveport police’s Property Crimes Unit were dispatched and began their investigation. Officers learned that the black Toyota Camry was reported stolen.
When interviewed by investigators, Cummings told detectives that “the firearm that he had accidentally discharged during the foot pursuit,” according to a news release.
Cummings is also a suspect in a separate and unrelated stolen vehicle incident, according to SPD. He was booked into the Shreveport City Jail.