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July 11 09:52 AM

Man faces murder charges in slaying

A suspect faces murder charges in a deadly shooting that took place in west Shreveport Saturday afternoon.

Just after 5 p.m. Saturday, Shreveport police were called to the 700 block of Central Street in reference to a taxi cab that plowed into an apartment complex there.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that the taxi driver, identified as 38-yearold Carlos Jenkins of Shreveport, was pronounced dead from what appeared to be an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Information gathered at the scene of the crime revealed that Jenkins’s taxi crashed into Building 19 of the Woodlawn Terrace apartment complex while transporting a male passenger in the rear of the vehicle.

Immediately following the crash, a male passenger was seen running from the wrecked taxi.

Shreveport police patrol officers found  the fleeing man a short distance away following his collapse from a severely broken leg. Authorities believe the man suffered the injured leg when the taxicab crashed.

Police also suspect that a handgun that was found inside a dumpster where the suspect collapsed might have been used in the crime. The weapon was collected and submitted as evidence.

Shreveport police violent crimes investigators along with crime scene detectives were called to the scene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

Authorities believe that 24- year-old Reginald Williams was the man who fled from the crashed vehicle after shooting Jenkins during a possible attempt to rob him.

Williams was transported to University Health Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injured leg.

Williams, who remains in police custody, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jenkins. Following his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the Shreveport City Jail.

The investigation into the killing remains under way.

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