Marcus Boles crime scene

SHREVEPORT, La. – A Caddo Parish grand jury on Thursday cleared a Shreveport police officer in a deadly shooting that happened June 1 in a riverboat casino parking garage.

The grand jury returned a no true bill after reviewing evidence gathered in the shooting involving Sgt. Timothy Adgate. Shreveport police say Adgate, a patrol supervisor, shot and killed Marcus Boles, 35, of Shreveport, as Boles attempted to get the officer's gun during a confrontation in the Sam’s Town parking garage.

Adgate was patrolling the area searching for a stolen vehicle. Adgate saw it on the second floor of the parking garage and found Boles inside.

Boles was identified as a suspect in a stabbing and car-jacking that took place about a half-hour before. During that altercation, Boles stabbed the vehicle’s owner several times then stole the vehicle.

Adgate called for assistance with Boles. He gave verbal commands for Boles to get on the ground, which he refused to follow. Adgate attempted to take him into custody, but Boles resisted and tried to remove Adgate’s service weapon from the holster.

Adgate fired one shot at Boles, hitting him in the chest. Boles died later at the hospital. 

Adgate, employed by SPD since August 1999, has been on paid departmental leave since the shooting.

This was not Adgate’s first deadly encounter. He encountered similar circumstances in October 2015 when he shot a knife-wielding man on Clyde Fant Parkway in front of another casino.

During that incident, Adgate and another officer responded after someone called 911 reporting a man – later identified as 38-year-old Lawrence Green -- walking on the sidewalk armed with a knife. Adgate told the man to drop the knife, but he didn’t and reportedly charged Adgate, who fired several shots. Green died at the scene.


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