UPDATE: Family seeks answers after Saturday night shooting, suspect in police custody

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UPDATE 10:30 P.M.: MONROE, La. (9/16/19) — Saturday afternoon, the Coleman family got a call no one ever wants. The call that their loved one Christopher Coleman had been shot and killed.

“I just can’t believe this, it’s like a dream you know.”

Shawnta Coleman, Victim’s Sister

“I’m heartbroken…”

Yasmine Coleman, Victim’s Neice

Two people have been charged in connection with Coleman’s death. Leonterrius Smith has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. Lamarktris Alexander faces obstruction of justice charges, as police believe he removed weapons from the scene.

Linda Anderson, Coleman’s cousin says the family is already going through a tough time with the anniversary of another family member’s death. She believes black on black crime is plaguing Monroe.

“We need to stand together, we’re more powerful together than out here killing each other.”

Linda Anderson, Victim’s Cousin

Right now the family wants the truth to come out and for people that have any information to report it to Monroe Police at (318) 329-2641 or Crimestoppers at (318) 388-2274.


UPDATE 11:30 A.M.: MONROE, La. (9-16-19) — Monroe Police have confirmed that Christopher Coleman was the victim of a Saturday evening shooting on South 6th Street.

According to police, the shooting happened around 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of South 6th Street. When police arrived on the scene, they found Christopher Coleman shot. Coleman died from his injuries.

Police say that Leonterrius Smith has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Coleman.

Smith was shot in the leg during the incident and was taken to the hospital.

Smith has not been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center as of yet. We will update this article when his mugshot and arrest information have been released.

Another man, Lamarktris Alexander, was also arrested in the case. Alexander was charged with Obstruction of Justice. See here for more about Alexander’s arrest.


ORIGINAL: MONROE, La. (9-14-19) — Family members of Christopher Coleman are reporting that he is the victim of a Saturday evening shooting that happened near Winnsboro Road. It is unclear what happened and what led to the death of Mr. Coleman.

Christopher Coleman

At this time it is unclear if any other people were injured. Witnesses tell KTVE/KARD that a towing company took a Dodge Challenger away from the scene.

The Monroe Police Department has not yet confirmed any details. However, the family says they know Coleman didn’t deserve to die.

“This is not a game out here, something needs to be done out here…My brother had a heart, he would do anything for anybody he ain’t out here killing nobody,” said Shawnta Coleman, the victim’s sister.

The Coleman family says they want justice and someone to be held accountable.

We will continue to update this article as more details become available.

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