BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A 9-year-old girl was abducted from Texas by her 24-year-old uncle.
Authorities caught up with the pair at a Bossier City hotel.
He was fatally shot and an FBI agent was wounded during a struggle that resulted in the child being saved.
Almost a year later, each of the law officers involved in the operation received national recognition. The presentations of the TOP COPS awards were made May 14 by the National Association of Police Organizations during its 23rd annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Among those honored are DeSoto sheriff's Sgts. David Boudreaux and Adam Jones.
It was late May 2015 when Caitlyn Williams was seen leaving her home to spend the weekend with a nearby friend. She was supposed to return the following Sunday but never did.
Boudreaux, Jones and other members of the FBI Task Force in Shreveport soon after responded to Days Inn in the 200 block of John Wesley Boulevard in Bossier City in response to a tip that the girl and Jessie Nicholas Williams were there.
Hotel staffers gave law officers access to the room. During the ensuing struggle with agents, Jessie Nicholas Williams was able to get a firearm and fire it twice. The second round struck him in his head, ultimately killing him.
The wounded agent was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Likewise, the girl was evaluated at a local hospital and released.