August 7, 2015

Thomas LaValley - Police Officer Fatality - Shreveport, Louisiana

Police Officer Thomas LaValley, age 29, died in the line of duty on August 5, 2015, at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Officer LaValley was a member of the Shreveport Police Department. He had four years of service. 

Thomas LaValley (L); Grover Cannon (R)
At about 9:15 p.m., Thomas and other officers responded to a domestic violence call. A man was threatening family members with a gun.

When the officers arrived at the house, the male suspect opened fire striking Thomas several times. He was rushed to a local hospital where tragically he died of his injuries.

The suspect, Grover Cannon, age 27, fled the scene but was arrested the next day. He is also wanted for the shooting of a man on July 15, 2015.

Grover Cannon is expected to be charged with first degree murder, attempted second degree murder and domestic battery. 

Thomas was originally from St. Amant, southeast of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Northwestern State University with a major in biology and a minor in journalism. He worked for several years as a television cameraman. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Thomas and for those
who have lost him.
He then decided on a career in law enforcement and was a top graduate of the police academy. 

The Shreveport Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. His colleagues describe Thomas as a true friend who would help anyone at anytime. He was dependable and a professional. He kept a smile on his face and liked to have a laugh. He loved being a police officer and he loved Louisiana. He will be forever remembered as a hero.

Thomas' loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Thomas is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Thomas.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. Amen.

Pray that Thomas is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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