Firefighters find 2 bodies in Bossier apartment; suspect in custody

Demarcus Quintavious Walpole
Demarcus Quintavious Walpole(Bossier City Police Department)
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 9:57 AM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 4:49 PM CDT

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) — Bossier City police have made an arrest in connection with the discovery of two bodies at an apartment complex.

Demarcus Quintavious Walpole, 24, has been booked into Bossier City Jail on two counts of first-degree murder. His bond has been set at $1.5 million.

His arrest stems from a discovery made early Tuesday morning (May 24) when firefighters were called out to Swan Lake Apartments in the 1600 block of Joey Lane. due to reports of smoke coming from an upstairs apartment. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered two deceased men with obvious trauma to their bodies.

Police later identified the two victims as 35-year-old Craig Stewart and 26-year-old Christopher Dillard. Detectives say the two victims appeared to have died from multiple stab wounds and large lacerations. The official cause of death willbe determined after an autopsy.

Walpole was initially booked into the Bossier City Jail, but he has now been transferred to Bossier Maximum Security Facility.

“I am so proud of our entire team including our detectives who were able to identify a suspect and make an arrest in these murders,” said Bossier City Chief of Police Chris Estess. “We want to thank our partners in the Bossier City Fire Department, as well as our entire BCPD team including the Violent Crimes Unit, our patrol officers, our Special Operations Services, our Property Crimes Division, and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force with helping us get this dangerous man off the streets of Bossier City. I would also like to thank the public and the citizens of Bossier City for their help in responding to and investigating this crime.”

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