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Shots fired at Shreveport police vehicle during chase; suspect in custody

One person is in custody following a police chase in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 29.
One person is in custody following a police chase in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 29.(Shreveport City Jail | KSLA)
Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 4:38 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 12:27 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Police remain on the scene following an incident where someone opened fire at a Shreveport police vehicle during a chase.

Lavonta Smith, 24, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated flight from a police officer. Other charges are forthcoming, according to Shreveport police.

A police chase began just before 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. A police officer was going to assist another officer on a traffic stop. On the way, he saw a driver disregard the light at Midway Avenue and Mansfield Road. The police officer attempted to pull him over, but the driver refused to stop, according to a news release.

During the chase, the driver (who was the lone occupant of the vehicle), fire three shots at a pursuing officer. One of those shots hit the windshield of the police unit.

After several miles, the chase ended in the 100 block of W. 77th Street.

Then, after a foot chase, police were able to take the suspect in custody. Officers recovered an AR-15 style firearm.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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