Baton Rouge police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office were stationed on Interstate-10 to salute fallen Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley as his body passed through Baton Rouge around 2 p.m. Saturday for funeral services and burial in Ascension Parish.
LaValley, 29, was shot multiple times 9 p.m. Wednesday while answering a call about a suspicious person at a home in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood. The officer, who didn’t know the man was armed, went inside and was shot, Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said.
Baton Rouge police and the Sheriff’s Office were on the interstate at College Drive and Highland Road, respectively.
“We are going to have our lights on, saluting him as he passes by,” said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Suspect Grover Cannon, 27, was arrested 3 p.m. Thursday in a backyard detached garage not far from the house where LaValley, originally of St. Amant, was killed, Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines said. Police already had a warrant for Cannon’s arrest on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Darren Williams on July 15.
LaValley worked as a television news photographer for more than three years before he joined the police force. He attended St. Amant High School and graduated from Northwestern State University.
Longtime friend Casey Habich said he and other friends were sure LaValley went into the house thinking he was going to help someone. “That’s what he went to do,” Habich said.
A rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Sunday at Ourso Funeral Home, 13533 Airline Highway, Gonzales, with visitation to follow.
Visitation resumes at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 44450 La. 429, St. Amant.
LaValley is to be buried at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
Below is a video from Louisiana State Police of officers paying their respects to LaValley.
***R.I.P. Officer Thomas LaValley***May God be with the LaValley Family and The Shreveport Police Department.Posted by Louisiana State Police on Saturday, August 8, 2015