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JUSTIFIED: 71-Year-Old Man Fends off Robber

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According to Shreveport police, 36-year-old Michael Kelly, of the 600 block of Springhill Avenue, was taken to University Health for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds early Tuesday afternoon but Kelly will not be heading home after he exits the hospital. According to Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines, he’ll be booked into Shreveport City Jail on 1 count each of armed robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer. He also has an outstanding warrant charging him with having no driver’s license.

According to Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines, Kelly be booked into Shreveport City Jail on 1 count each of armed robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting an officer. He also has an outstanding warrant charging him with having no driver’s license.

Kelly was taken to the hospital after he attempted tried to rob a west Shreveport business and fired a gun at the owner. During the scuffle, Kelly missed and, instead, was wounded himself.

The shooting occurred at Henley Manufacturing in the 4200 block of Pro Street where a 71-year-old was working inside his shop when Michael Kelly entered the business and asked to use the restroom. When the visitor exited the restroom, he drew a handgun, beat the owner and robbed him of his wallet.

The owner, whose name police have not released, managed to fight off his attacker. While Kelly began firing shots at the owner as he retreated.  The owner then got his own gun and shot at Kelly, striking him 3 times.

Kelly then ran outside and collapsed in the roadway in front of the business. Detectives believe someone in a gold or silver SUV then tried to retrieve Kelly, but drove off before police arrived. Now authorities are trying to identify and locate the vehicle and its driver. At the time of publishing this article, the accomplice has not been captured.

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