Police in Louisiana vow to “scour the earth” as they launch a manhunt to find the man who allegedly shot and killed LaValley Police Officer, Thomas LaValley, on Wednesday night.
Grover Cannon, 27, who was already wanted for second-degree murder in a different case is now also wanted for allegedly fatally killing the officer.
“We will scour the Earth. No matter where he goes we will find him,” Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said at a news conference.
Police spokesman Bill Goodin says Shreveport police, Caddo Parish deputies, DeSoto Parish deputies, U.S. Marshals and the state police have joined the search for Cannon, the Associated Press reports.
Police also expanded their search to neighboring Mississippi, the USA Today reports.
Officers in Jackson have searched at least two Greyhound buses that arrived from Louisiana.
LaValley, 29, was shot several times while responding to a call about a suspicious person at a home in the city’s Queensborough neighborhood. He was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.
While Shaw says neighbors told LaValley the man inside was wanted – he was unaware the suspect was armed.
Cannon, who already has a warrant for his arrest on a charge of second-degree murder for the death of 45-year-old, Darren Williams, in July 15, is now wanted for first-degree murder, which carries a possible death sentence.
Shaw strongly suggested that Cannon turn himself in immediately.
“No matter what rock he crawls under we will find him,” Shaw said. “I say ‘we’ in the biggest sense of the word. We are not bound by state lines. We are not bound by county lines. We are not bound by country lines. … We will not rest until this individual is brought to justice.”
LaValley, a TV news photographer-turned-cop, was a four-year veteran of the force.
Shaw recounted when LaValley came to his office, seemingly deflated, when he didn’t get hired on his first try. “I told him to apply again, and if he qualified, he would be hired,” Reuters reported.
“Our hearts are saddened,” read a statement issued by the Shreveport Mayor, Ollie Tyler, on Wednesday night. “We grieve the loss of one of our own who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of this city.”
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in this case, local KSLA-TV reports. Anyone with information is asked to call 673-BLUE (2583)