Child Custody Exchange Turns Violent Christmas Day

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) – A Christmas Day custody exchange in west Shreveport turned violent after gunfire rang out during an argument.

The incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. at the junction of Bert Kouns and Walker Roads. Police said Leighton Mash, 29, and his girlfriend completed a custody swap between their children and the children’s father.

The two men got into an argument and police said Mash shot the other man’s car, which he and his two young children were occupying. The children’s father returned fire, but no one was injured.

Mash ran away but was found a few blocks away by patrol officers. He was charged with serious damage to property. Additional fees are possible. Mash remains in prison.

In 2018, a “Safe Exchange” location was established in front of the patrol desk at the Shreveport Police Complex. SPD encourages everyone to use this area for custody exchanges or to purchase items from someone you don’t know. A Desk Sergeant is always available and the area is under constant video surveillance.

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