Police: Dispute over child visitation ends in deadly shooting, suspect on the loose

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Louis Davis, 33 By Catherine Holland Louis Davis, 33 By Catherine Holland
Suspects's white 1992 Buick Roadmaster. It has an Arizona license plate, number ARF6934. By Catherine Holland Suspects's white 1992 Buick Roadmaster. It has an Arizona license plate, number ARF6934. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are searching for a man who they say shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend when a fight over child visitation turned violent Christmas Eve.

It happened at about 5 p.m. outside the victim's home in the neighborhood southeast of 27th Avenue and Broadway Road.

The suspect, Louis Davis, has a 6-year-old daughter with his ex-girlfriend.

According to police, she and Delmarc Forrester, 29, were picking up the little girl when there was an argument about holiday visitation.

Davis, 33, reportedly called the couple while they were on their way home and asked for a meeting. They said no.

"During the call, Davis said he was going to their house on Tamarisk to shoot it up," Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said in an email to media outlets. "Upon arrival at the house the victim armed himself with a large knife and waited outside for the suspect. "

Police said Davis was armed with a handgun when he arrived at the house on Tamarisk. They said he shot Forrester as he stood in front of his house. He later died at a local hospital.

The ex-girlfriend, who has not been identified, fought Davis for the gun, but he hung onto it and fled the scene in a white 1992 Buick Roadmaster with an Arizona license plate, number ARF6934.

It's not clear where the child was when all of this happened.

Davis is about 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds. Police believe he has ties in California.

If you have seen Davis or know where he might be, call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).