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The mayor of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, decried the death of a "brave" police officer who was shot and killed while on duty.

Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley, 24, was shot multiple times while answering a call about a suspicious person at a home in the city's Queensborough neighborhood Wednesday night.

"Last night, we lost one of our brave, uniformed officers in the line of duty. Our hearts are saddened," Mayor Ollie Tyler said in a statement. "We ask for the community's prayers for this officer's family and SPD as we grieve the loss of one of our own who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of this city."

A search continues for Grover Cannon, 27, the suspect in the killing.