Argument between brothers turns deadly

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:42am

An argument between two elderly brothers turned deadly after shots were fired Tuesday morning.

Just after 9 a.m., police responded to a home in the 3700 block of W. College St. where two elderly brothers, Leroy and Elmore Smith, lived.  The two brothers in their early seventies had an altercation on Monday, which seemed to carry over to Tuesday morning, said Sgt. Jim Taliaferro of the Shreveport Police Department.

That argument from Monday turned violent Tuesday morning when Elmore, 72, grabbed a handgun and shot his brother Leroy, 71, multiple times.  Leroy had allegedly threatened bodily harm to Elmore prior to the shooting, said Sgt. Taliaferro.  "Right now, we don't have a motive other than they just got into a verbal altercation that escalated, and the brother who's the suspect called 911," explained Sgt. Taliaferro.

Police did not specify what initially caused the argument, but one neighbor told us that he never noticed any trouble at the Smith brothers' home.  The neighbor said he did not know them well, but they appeared happy.

Leroy was transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department where he died a short time later from the gunshot wounds.  Elmore was arrested on a charge of second degree murder and booked into the Shreveport City Jail.  No further investigation into the shooting is expected.


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