Officer’s killer dies in hospital

Louisiana State Police Troop G has reported the suspect that shot and killed Doyline Police Officer and Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy William “Billy” Earl Collins, Jr. has succumbed to his injuries at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. The suspect is identified as 59-year-old Mahlon Taylor, of Doyline. Taylor was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:39 p.m. today (Saturday, July 17). It is unknown if he killed himself or was shot by law enforcement officers answering the call.

Taylor killed Collins Friday, July 9, when Collins went to Taylor’s residence in answer to a call concerning a suicidal man.
Collins was laid to rest Friday, July 16.


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