The Louisiana State Police and U.S. Marshals Service assisted local authorities in searching for a man who shot a Shreveport police officer to death late Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Louisiana State Police
SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Louisiana authorities and the U.S. Marshals Service launched a manhunt late Wednesday for a gunman who shot and killed a police officer responding to a domestic call, officials said.
The Shreveport police officer was responding to a report of a "suspicious person" in the suburb of Queensborough about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. When the officer arrived and approached the suspect, he was shot.
The unidentified officer was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and later died, the Shreveport Times reported.
More than 70 police officials, helicopters and remote-controlled drones responded to the shooting and began a search for the gunman.
Police responded to the call expecting to find an armed man inside a Queensborough home threatening a family member, the Times reported. When the officers arrived, they say the suspect opened fire and the officer was struck by multiple bullets.
Police locked down much of Queensborough hoping to prevent the killer's escape, but the gunman remains at large.
The Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and authorities from nearby parishes are assisting in the manhunt.
After midnight, police had searched multiple homes in the area and rounded up bystanders in a supermarket parking lot, a news report said.
"May God bless the family of the SPD officer that lost his life tonight serving our city," the Caddo Parish Constable's Office said via Twitter late Wednesday. "Please keep this officer's family in your prayers tonight as well as our local law enforcement. He died protecting us."
Neither the gunman's identity nor his description had been reported.