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Shreveport, Louisiana’s Jamarzia Leonard, Jalen Jack charged in Travante Myles’ death

Jamarzia Devon Leonard, 27, and Jalen A. Jack, 23, have been charged in the death of Travante Tramaine Myles, 28. The suspects and the victim are all African-American.

Both Leonard and Jack are from Shreveport, Louisiana, United States. Myles was from Bossier City, Louisiana.

On January 25, 2021, Myles was found outside The Liquor Store on Mansfield Road in Shreveport suffering from multiple gunshot injuries to his body. He was taken to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport where he later died.

Through video surveillance, Leonard and Jack were identified as the suspects. The latter was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center in Shreveport on January 27, 2021.

Jack is charged with one count of accessories after the fact to second-degree murder, one count of failure to report felony, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is also facing an aggravated battery charge on an unrelated case.

On February 12, 2021, Leonard was arrested at a residence in Shreveport and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail, Shreveport Times reported. He is charged with one count of second-degree murder.

 

Both Leonard and Jack have been arrested before. On April 14, 2014, the former was charged with attempted second-degree murder and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail.

According to the Shreveport Police Department, Leonard got out of a vehicle on Broadway Avenue in Shreveport and began shooting at another vehicle. While the other vehicle was damaged by the gunfire, the man inside was not injured.

When authorities arrested Leonard, they found that he was wanted on an unrelated warrant for second-degree aggravated battery. He was accused of shooting an 18-year-old male near the intersection of Burke Street and Parkridge Street in Shreveport on March 1, 2014.

Jack was accused of throwing a metal pipe that struck Jessica Byrnes-Laird, then 18, in the face at a convenience store on Hilry Huckaby III Avenue in Shreveport on July 26, 2015, KSLA reported. He was charged with one count of aggravated second-degree battery and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail.

Myles was also once booked into the Caddo Correctional Center, where Jack is currently booked. Charged with being an in-state fugitive, Myles was one of the six people arrested by the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force Street Level Inderdiction Unit in Shreveport on January 1, 2016, News Radio 710 KEEL reported.

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