Police investigating apparent murder, suicide

Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:09am

A woman is dead this evening after being shot by a male suspect who just moments later took his own life .

At approximately 12:48 p.m. this afternoon, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to the 900 block of Quail Creek Road relative to a shooting. Witnesses told dispatchers that a male suspect shot a female victim several times and then fled the scene in a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found 29 year old Kristin R. Leonard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Ms. Leonard was transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department where she was later pronounced deceased.

Just minutes later, patrol officers responding to the shooting observed a vehicle fitting the description of the car the suspect fled the scene in stopped in traffic at the intersection of Kings Highway and Barret Street. As officers stopped and approached the vehicle to investigate further, the driver, identified as 31 year old Joshua Miyagi, produced a handgun and shot himself in the head. Miyagi was transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department, where he later died.

Detectives immediately began their investigation and believe at this time that Miyagi and the victim had been involved in a relationship in the past. They believe Miyagi shot the victim there on Quail Creek Road and fled the scene of the crime before officers located him on Kings Highway and he shot himself. As part of their ongoing investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect's apartment in the 1000 block of Quail Creek Road and subsequently executed that warrant this evening. Inside the apartment officers seized firearms and located some materials that they believe may be explosive in nature. Several apartments have been evacuated and Shreveport Fire Department investigators were dispatched to the scene. At this hour the search of the apartment is still ongoing.

Chief of Police Willie Shaw, who was on scene this afternoon said, “This is truly a tragedy for all of those involved and we are deeply saddened for these families. An incident like this touches many lives and our detectives will be working to determine exactly how and why this happened. Public safety is always first and foremost in our minds and the mission to reduce illegal gun violence is my top priority.”

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