Filming a rap video leads to firearms related guilty plea of Shreveport man

Filming a rap video led to the wrong type of attention for a Shreveport citizen who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms. 


Xavier Briggs, 27, of Shreveport, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on December 3, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to felon in possession of firearms.


On April 25, 2019, officers with the Shreveport Police Department responded to AB Palmer Park in Shreveport where a large crowd was filming a rap video with numerous firearms.


Officers allegedly encountered 10 individuals standing around a Chevrolet Malibu and recovered multiple firearms from the scene. 


A camera used to shoot the video was also seized and a search warrant was obtained to view its contents.

Briggs could allegedly be seen in the video recordings in possession of a Jiminez Arms Model JA Nine 9mm pistol loaded with 4 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and a loaded DPMS Model A15, 5.56 mm rifle containing two 30-round magazines, and 41 rounds of 5.56 ammo.

Police say Briggs has a 2011 armed robbery felony conviction in Caddo District Court and was released from prison in December 2018.

At sentencing Xavier Briggs faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Judge Walter set the sentencing date for March 24, 2020.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.

Editor's note: Any person suspected, accused, arrested or charged with a crime is presumed innocent if and until they are convicted in a court of law.