Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an airman at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. Kidd, 30, a loading standardization crew chief with the 2nd Maintenance Group, was pronounced dead by Bossier City firefighters at about 6 a.m. Sept. 25. He was found unresponsive outside his residence in Bossier City with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Bossier City Police Department detectives arrested Jareona Crosby, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old on charges of second-degree murder on Monday, according to a news release from the department.

The Shreveport Times reported that neighbors believe Kidd may have been killed as he confronted burglars over a theft from a vehicle outside his home.

“Over the course of the last week, detectives developed information and collected evidence linking Crosby and the juvenile to the murder,” the police department news release stated. “Crosby and the juvenile were also charged on separate warrants each for ten counts of simple burglary (of a vehicle) and one count of theft of a firearm.”

Bossier City Police Department detectives arrested Jareona Crosby, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old for second-degree murder on Oct. 1. (Bossier City Police Department)
Bossier City Police Department detectives arrested Jareona Crosby, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old for second-degree murder on Oct. 1. (Bossier City Police Department)

Kidd's body has been transported, under law enforcement escort, to Bedford County, Virginia, where he grew up.

“The loss of an Airman in such a tragic event is a devastating blow to our team,” said Col. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, in a news release from the base. “We ask that you keep TSgt Kidd’s family and friends in your thoughts as we work through this extremely difficult time.”

Kidd entered the Air Force in March 2008. He had previously been stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, and Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

“Tech. Sgt. Joshua Kidd was an integral member of our team,” said 2nd Maintenance Group deputy commander Lt. Col. Steven Shepan. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers during this especially difficult time.”