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April 21 10:05 AM

Armed suspect injured after pursuit

Shreveport police are investigating the armed robbery of an individual that occurred Sunday night in south Shreveport.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Shreveport patrol officers were called to the 9500 block of Ellerbe Road in reference to an armed robbery of an individual.

When officers arrived at the location, the victim told authorities that she had just been robbed by a male suspect who was armed with a handgun.

Officers learned that the woman had pulled into the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Ellerbe Road and Flournoy Lucas Road when she was approached by a man who attempted to engage in a conversation with her.

The woman told officers that the suspect, described as a white male approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing roughly 160 pounds, brandished a handgun and demanded that she hand over her valuables.

A subsequent struggle with the victim and the suspect over the gun ensued, at which point the suspect, who was last seen driving a dark-colored pickup truck, reportedly fled from the scene, firing a single shot into the woman’s tire, disabling her vehicle.

The woman escaped injury in the incident.

Shreveport police robbery detectives were notified and launched an immediate investigation.

Roughly an hour and a half following the robbery, information was gathered that the victim’s stolen credit card had been used at a business in DeSoto Parish.

Shortly after that, DeSoto Parish sheriff’s deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle at a well site on Highway 510 east of Mansfield. When deputies encountered the driver, identified as 46-yearold Terry Leroy Smith of Spring, Texas, he fled in a stolen Dodge pickup.

Deputies pursued Smith briefly into Red River Parish and then into Caddo Parish, where deputies from both agencies along with Shreveport police used spike strips to try to disable the truck’s front tires, but Smith continued to flee down Youree Drive, driving on the tire rims in the oncoming lane of traffic.

The pursuit continued into downtown Shreveport and then north of the city, where Smith abandoned the vehicle in the 5600 block of Highway 1 North.

Smith ran from the vehicle, pursued by a K-9 and fell in the grass. When he rolled over and sat up, he was armed with a loaded handgun, which he pointed at deputies and officers.

Two deputies — one from Caddo and one from DeSoto — fired at the suspect, who was hit in the foot and leg.

Smith was transported to University Health Center by Caddo Parish Fire District No. 1 personnel for treatment of non-lifethreatening injuries received as a result of the pursuit.

It has not been determined who fired the shots that struck Smith.

Since the robbery, detectives have been working to determine if Smith was, in fact, linked to the Shreveport robbery. Following his arrest, the vehicle used during his failed attempts to evade capture was seized and subsequently searched with a warrant procured by Shreveport detectives.

On Wednesday, authorities located items stolen from the woman inside the vehicle that Smith was driving.

Smith has since been charged with one count of armed robbery in addition to an unrelated theft charge.

Smith remains under a guarded hospital stay as a result of injuries he sustained as he fled from officers.

Detectives are piecing together evidence to determine Smith’s role in the robbery of a couple in the Boomtown Casino parking garage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

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