Suspect in SPD officer shooting in custody, charged with attempted 1st degree murder

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Shreveport police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot late Monday morning at a Shreveport apartment complex.

The man accused of shooting him is in custody, charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

After an all-afternoon standoff that involved Shreveport Police, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies, the Bossier City Police SWAT, Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, 65-year-old William Coleman Torrans was taken into custody.

It began just after 11:30 a.m. when Torrans got into an altercation with groundskeepers at the Residences of SpringRidge in the 3200 of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, where he lives.

Shreveport police responded to reports of the altercation after Torrans fired shots at the grounds keepers. But when officers arrived at the scene, Torrans also fired at them, grazing Cpl. Robert Brice in the chest, just missing his vest.

Brice was taken to a local hospital where he was treated, as other officers responded to the scene.

Police were able to make contact with Torrans, who opened the door of his apartment. But he refused to come out, police fired a non-lethal shot at him. At that point, Torrans went back inside, and a several-hour stand-off ensued.

Officers called for backup and by the end of the day, that backup included the Louisiana State Police, the Bossier City Police Department SWAT team, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S Marshal’s office, as well as air support.

After just over four hours of repeated attempts to convince Torrans to exit, authorities entered his apartment home and took him into police custody.

Torrans was booked into the Shreveport City Jail just before 5 p.m. today. In addition to the attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, Torrans was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.

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