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Police chief breaks up fight at local gas station

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Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams was among three officers who resolved a fight at a local gas station that resulted in one man being taken to a hospital and another arming himself with a handgun.

The incident happened just after 11 a.m. at the Jubilee Express gas station and convenient store at the corner of Hamilton Road and Barksdale Boulevard.

According to police, two men identified as Jason James Lowrey, 29, of Bossier City and John Kirby Keene, 34, of Keithville where inside the store and were confronted by two employees after seeing one of the men take a baseball cap off a rack and conceal it in his pants. The employees, including Mohammad Shahin, 22, of Shreveport, ordered the men out of the store.

All four men ended up outside and got into a verbal confrontation that turned physical. During the fight Shahin struck Lowrey in the head with a fire extinguisher causing a laceration. Shahin then went back into the store and came out with a handgun which he used to break out two windows on Lowrey’s pickup truck.

At about that time Chief McWilliams and two other officers were in a vehicle that was stopped at the red light on Barksdale Boulevard at Hamilton Road while on their way to lunch when they saw the commotion in front of the store and noticed Shahin with a gun in his hand. They immediately drove up to the scene and deescalated the situation.

Following an afternoon-long investigation, detectives arrested Shahin on charges of aggravated battery, criminal property damage and aggravated assault. Keene was arrested for theft of goods and simple battery. Keene was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Louisiana State Probation and Parole. Both Shahin and Keene were booked into the Bossier City Jail. Lowrey, who had been taken to LSU Health Center in Shreveport for treatment for his head injury, was issued a citation for theft of goods. The second store employee was not charged.

[Editor’s Note: Mugshots were not available for those arrested in the incident.]