Reward raised for slain Shreveport officer's missing gun

Reward raised for slain Shreveport officer's missing gun
(KSLA)
(KSLA)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Slain Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley's department-issued weapon is still missing. The reward that started off at $3,000 has been raised to $5,000.

The reward will be given to anyone who has any information about where the missing Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun can be found.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the gun is urged to call Shreveport police detectives at 318-673-6955, Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or on their website www.lockemup.org.

Officer LaValley was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 5 at a home in the 3500 block of Del Rio Street allegedly by 27-year-old Grover Cannon.

Cannon is being held without bond after allegedly admitting to his father that he killed a police officer. Cannon's father also told police that he saw his son with a gun that looked a lot like LaValley's after the shooting, and police are saying Cannon took the gun from the scene that night.

A Caddo Parish grand jury has been hearing evidence this week related to the officer's fatal shooting. Prosecutors have called several witnesses to the stand, and they are expected to continue with testimony when the grand jury resumes October 13.

A separate hearing is set for Friday in connection with the case in which prosecutors will ask the judge to allow Cannon's clothing to be tested for blood to see if any of that blood belongs to Officer LaValley.

Acting District Attorney Dale Cox says that if that testing is allowed to take place in the next two or three weeks and it turns up positive, then that would be something to put before the grad jury when it reconvenes in October.

Acting D.A. Dale Cox says he will ask District Judge Ramona Emanuel to have Cannon's clothing tested to see if any of the suspected blood belongs to LaValley.

But since the clothing must be 'consumed' or destroyed, during the testing, Cox expects the defense will want their own expert to analyze the stain. Cox suggested a potential compromise. "That the defense DNA analyst could be present while the state's DNA analyst does the work."

Cox says proof of Officer LaValley's blood on the accused killer's clothing would be a critical piece of evidence.  "It would prove that Mr. Cannon was in close proximity to Officer LaValley when Officer LaValley was bleeding."

Cox added that it, "Would prove that Mr. Cannon was in the house with Officer LaValley at the time Officer LaValley was shot."

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