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Stolen vehicle crashes into Shreveport church

Driver was barricaded in the sanctuary until a police dog got the suspect out, authorities say
Tire marks in the grass show the path a vehicle followed just before crashing through the front...
Tire marks in the grass show the path a vehicle followed just before crashing through the front doors of New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in the 2300 block of Jewella Avenue in Shreveport on the afternoon of Sunday, April 18, 2021.(Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Updated: Apr. 19, 2021 at 5:47 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Tire marks in the grass show the path a stolen vehicle followed just before crashing through the front doors of a Shreveport church.

Caddo 911 dispatch records show police received a call about a vehicle being stolen from a store on Jewella Avenue between Jackson and Sumner streets at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

Authorities say three youths stole the Toyota Camry from a corner store.

Officers found the vehicle it sped away before they could stop it.

The car then crashed through the front doors of New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist in the 2300 block of Jewella.

The driver was barricaded inside the church until a police dog got the suspect out, authorities said. One of the other youths ran. There’s no immediate word on what became of the third one.

Four Shreveport Fire Department units responded to a medical emergency on Jewella Avenue between Dilg League Drive and Stonewall Street about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, dispatch records show.

That’s about a half mile north of where police earlier responded to the report of the stolen vehicle.

The rear license plate can be seen as onlookers survey where a stolen vehicle crashed through...
The rear license plate can be seen as onlookers survey where a stolen vehicle crashed through the front doors and into the sanctuary at New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in the 2300 block of Jewella Avenue in Shreveport on the afternoon of Sunday, April 18, 2021.(Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)

The pastor of New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist estimates the crash caused $500,000 worth of damage to the church. “Pews all the way up to the pulpit. It’s a mess,” Danny R. Mitchell Jr. said.

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