Officer in critical condition after shooting – UPDATE as of 6:30pm, July 10, 2021

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Update: 6:30pm

Charges are pending against a Doyline man who suffered a gunshot wound and is in serious condition at a local hospital after killing a Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy.

William Earl “Billy” Collins Jr., the deputy who also worked as a Doyline Police Officer, was shot around 5:45 p.m. Friday. He was airlifted to Ochsner LSU Shreveport with life-threatening injuries. He later died.

Louisiana State Police Troop G Public Information Officer Jonathan Odom said Collins and two other deputies responded to a residence on Green Tree Street, where they immediately began to take gunfire from the suspect.

“As a result of the suspect’s actions, multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the active crime scene and it was secured,” Odom said in a press release. “Negotiators repeatedly attempted to contact the suspect to no avail.”

After several hours of repeated attempts to peacefully rectify the situation, law enforcement officers reportedly entered the residence.

“It was then discovered that the suspect had incurred a gunshot wound,” Odom said. “Life-saving measures were started and medical personnel transported him to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition.”

The suspect has not been identified as the investigation remains active and ongoing.

UPDATE: 4:00am

A Webster Parish sheriff’s deputy who worked part-time for the Doyline Police Department has died after being shot in the line of duty Friday night.

The Webster Parish Sheriff’s office has reported that Deputy William Earl Collins Jr. has died from his injury.

The Webster Parish Journal will update as information becomes available.

A full-time Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after being airlifted to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

According to Sheriff Jason Parker, the unidentified officer was shot in an exchange of gunfire between other law enforcement and a reportedly suicidal man barricaded in a Doyline residence.

“We have a suspect barricaded in a mobile home located on Green Tree Lane in Doyline,” Parker said, around 9:30 p.m. Friday. “We are in the process of trying to get him to come out now.”

The sheriff said the reason the suspect opened fire is unknown.

“He was responding to a call at the trailer,” he said of the deputy. “He was alone, but as other officers arrived, they took on some gunfire and the officer was shot.”

Parker said the officer was airlifted to the Shreveport hospital. Law enforcement sources say the officer was shot in the head.

“He’s a full-time deputy for me, working out at BDCC (Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) as a corrections supervisor,” Parker said. “His job as a Doyline Police Officer is his part-time job, and it was in this aspect that he was working in tonight.”

Around 10 p.m., Bossier Tactical Units joined the more than 30 officers already on the scene.

The Webster Parish Journal will update as information becomes available.

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