Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief James “Tommy” Carpenter Surrenders
The second Shreveport firefighter named in a secret indictment returned yesterday by a Caddo Parish Grand Jury has turned himself in.
Assistant Chief James "Tommy" Carpenter surrendered himself at the Caddo Correctional Center Friday (6/27) afternoon and was booked on one count of perjury. His bond is set at $10,000.
According to the City of Shreveport's website, Carpenter is currently the commander of 'B' Shift operations and personnel. He's been with the Shreveport Fire Department since July 1974.
Carpenter's arrest comes just one day after the surrender of Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford, who was booked on five counts of malfeasance in office.
Mulford faces a possible 25 years in prison if convicted of the the charges, which include failing to report adult abuse against a mentally challenged man and failing to report to law enforcement about alleged prostitution and undertaking a "sham investigation" in order to conceal the fact that prostitution had occurred.
The Fire Station 8 scandal involving Mulford, Carpenter and several other firefighters stems from an incident involving a mentally disabled man and a prostitute.
Former Shreveport firefighters Clint Richardson, Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Jason Vaughan and Randy Chandler were arrested in 2013 and accused of mistreating a mentally disabled man at Fire Station No. 8.
In April, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover voiced his support of the Shreveport Fire Department and Chief Mulford.
"Chief Mulford has been a great chief," Glover told 710 KEEL's Robert and Erin, adding that he supported the investigation into the allegations to move forward and be resolved.
After the announcement of an investigation into the scandal last summer, Mulford addressed media at a press conference.
“I will not tolerate the honorable men and women of this city, our citizens and the members of the Shreveport Fire Department, to have their integrity or their character impeached by the alleged allegations of the small few," said Mulford.