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Shreveport Murder Suspect Arrested After Traffic Stop

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A traffic stop has led to the arrest of a man wanted for a murder that occurred just before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th.  

20-year-old Burford Johnson was walking in the 300 block of West 77th Street that evening when a white vehicle pulled up beside him and somebody in that vehicle opened fire — striking Johnson in the upper body.  He was rushed to LSU Health where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

An investigation by Shreveport Police Violent Crimes Detectives developed 33-year-old Frederick Gipson of Shreveport as a primary suspect in that shooting and detectives were able to obtain a warrant, Saturday, for his arrest.  That warrant set his bond at $175,000.

Just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday night, police received a call that a man matching Gipson’s description was seen driving a white SUV on Kings Highway at Samford Avenue.  Officers responding to the call spotted a vehicle matching that description near Kings Highway and Line Avenue and pulled it over on a traffic stop.  After a brief investigation the officers confirmed that the driver was, indeed, Gipson.  He was arrested and taken to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives.  Following that interview, he was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on a charge of second-degree murder.


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