Suspect Charged after Killing Woman with Her Car

  • Timmy Lane

Shreveport Police detectives have charged a local woman with one count of Second Degree murder following a dispute which ended tragically Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 12:41 p.m. on July 16, 2019, Shreveport Police patrol officers were called to a major accident in the 3600 block of Southern Avenue after receiving reports that a black SUV had struck a building and a female pedestrian was pinned beneath the vehicle. As officers arrived on the scene, they learned an adult female was deceased from injuries sustained after being struck by the sports utility vehicle. During preliminary investigation by officers on scene, information was gathered suggesting the deceased had been intentionally run over by a Ford Expedition after engaging in a physical altercation with another female who was driving the SUV and who subsequently fled the scene on foot.

Investigators from the Shreveport Police Violent Crimes Unit were notified and responded to the scene. Upon further investigation it was learned officers had detained a woman walking in the 900 block of Elmwood Street, who was believed to have been the driver of the SUV involved in the incident. The woman, identified as 21 year old Shameka Ellis, of the 6900 block of Frazier Circle, was detained. Ellis was also present with a toddler at the time of her detention. Investigators transported Ellis to the Shreveport Police Department, where she was interviewed by detectives. Upon subsequent interviews, authorities learned Ellis was the driver of the SUV which struck and killed the pedestrian. It was further learned that Ellis had been accompanied by an unnamed male companion and the small child during the crime. The child, who was not injured in the incident was released to family members after being evaluated by medical staff at Ochsner LSU Hospital. Following subsequent interviews, Ellis was booked into the Shreveport City Jail. No other persons face charges in the matter.

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at

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