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June 20 10:44 AM

Suspect charged in early morning shooting

Shreveport police detectives are investigating a shooting that injured a man and sent a suspect to jail Saturday morning in downtown Shreveport.

Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, Shreveport police officers working in the 600 block of Commerce Street heard what sounded to them to be gunshots emanating from a location in close proximity to their own.

When officers investigated the source of the shots, they found a male suspect standing near the intersection of Commerce and Fannin streets, actively firing a handgun in the direction of bystanders.

As officers prepared to engage the suspect, a second volley of shots coming from an area just west of the officers’ location drew their attention to what was de scribed

as a dark-colored Chevrolet Monte Carlo. At that time, the initial suspect resumed firing his weapon.

In response, both police officers engaged the  initial suspect, firing their service weapons at him. The suspect fled the scene in a white, four-door vehicle later determined to be a Cadillac CTS.

The driver of the Monte Carlo fled the scene of the shooting. Both vehicles were observed traveling northbound on Clyde Fant Parkway immediately following the shooting.

During the melee, it was learned that 21-year-old Queshaun Ware sustained a non-lifethreatening gunshot wound to the forearm. In speaking with Ware, officers determined Ware’s location to have been behind that of the officers at the time he was shot.

Ware was subsequently transported to University Health Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Officers working the incident were quickly able to locate each vehicle involved and detain the drivers, who were transported to police headquarters for interviews.

Following interviews with investigators, authorities later arrested 27-year-old Zachary Markray and charged him with illegal use of a weapon.

Based on evidence collected at the scene of the crime, Markray, who was the driver of the Cadillac CTS, was linked to the shooting.

The second man, the driver of the Monte Carlo, was not charged in connection with the shooting and was released following questioning.

The two Shreveport police officers involved in the shooting, identified as officer Michael Flentge and Cpl. Jeremy Edwards, have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Shreveport Fire and Police Civil Service Board.

Neither officer was injured during the ordeal.

As the investigation continues, authorities are asking anyone with any information about this shooting to contact Caddo Crime Stoppers at 673-7373 or on their Web site at www.lockemup.org.

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