Man killed outside Youree Drive bar identified

SPD responded to a shooting off Youree Drive.
SPD responded to a shooting off Youree Drive.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 16, 2022 at 2:59 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2022 at 3:06 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Just after 2 a.m. Dec. 16, a man’s body was found in the parking lot of a nightclub in the 3000 block of Girard Street, followed by another man’s body being found in a drainage ditch just a few hours later.

Shreveport police arrived at the scene after it had been reported that a man behind a dumpster was suffering from severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the crime scene.

The man has been identified as Michael P. Grace, 61, of Chandler, Texas. He was positively identified through fingerprint comparison, according to the Shreveport Police Department.

The exact cause of his death will be determined through autopsy, say officials.

Investigators with the Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Units then responded to the scene and launched their investigation. The area was canvassed, witnesses were spoken to, and evidence was collected.

Investigators were able to identify someone who they thought had knowledge of the incident that took place.

According to officials, Jason Brook, 50, was questioned by investigators and later booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of Failure to Report a Felony. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Shreveport police confirmed that Brook is a retired SPD officer. He retired in January 2019 after a 25-year career.

Early in the investigation, police were able to name William Colby Sirman, 50, as the person they believed responsible for Grace’s murder, and they began their search.

Hours later, just after 9:45 a.m., a citizen found a man’s body in a drainage ditch near the intersection of Kings Highway and Creswell Avenue. Officials with the coroner’s office were able to identify the man as Sirman, who man was suspected of Grace’s murder.