Services set for fallen hero

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Funeral services for a fallen law enforcement officer will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 16 at First Bossier, 2810 Texas St., Bossier City. Visitation will also be held at the church from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15.

Interment will take place after the service at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Haughton.

William “Billy” Earl Collins Jr. was shot and critically wounded Friday while responding to a call in Doyline. He died at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport around 8 p.m.

According to KTAL/KMSS, the shooter was identified by his family as Mahlon Taylor.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Friday gunshots were heard from inside the mobile home and then an ambulance transported Taylor from the scene to a waiting helicopter.

Troop G Public Information Officer Jonathan Odom said that as of 11 a.m. today (Monday, July 12), the suspect is still alive and under the care of a hospital. Charges are pending.

“It’s a very sad event for me to be able to come up here and speak to y’all, but I’ve got to give somebody justice,” Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said. “I’m very sad to say tonight, around 7:43 p.m., we lost a good man. The family lost a good husband, a good father, a good Webster Parish deputy and a good patrol officer for the City of Doyline, that loved and served his citizens well.”

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