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Shreveport restaurant owner identified in Cross Lake drowning

Posted: Updated: Sep 24, 2013 10:14 PM CDT
Orlando Chapman, seen here in a commercial for his family business, Brother's Seafood. Orlando Chapman, seen here in a commercial for his family business, Brother's Seafood.
Orlando Chapman, Sr. owned Brother's Seafood restaurants in Shreveport in Bossier City. Orlando Chapman, Sr. owned Brother's Seafood restaurants in Shreveport in Bossier City.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A well-known Shreveport restaurant owner has died after falling in the water at a Cross Lake marina Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just after 2 p.m. at Melvin's Landing in the 1500 block of Cross Lake Boulevard.

Friends of Orlando Chapman, Sr. told KSLA News 12 that they were on the dock working on a boat when they heard a splash and Chapman was gone.

The Shreveport Fire Department was called, and two rescuers dove in to search for him. The man was found directly under the boat, in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Witnesses say he was not breathing when he was pulled out of the water. Emergency responders did CPR and advance live support treatment on the man for several minutes before he was placed into an ambulance and rushed to Willis Knighton North.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Chief of Special Operations and Safety Scott Wolverton says the exact cause of death is still under investigation.

Family pastor Bishop Larry Brandon is at the hospital with Chapman's family and told KSLA News 12 that it is the longtime local seafood restaurant owner. That was later confirmed by Chief Deputy Caddo Parish Coroner Joe Johnson.

Chapman owned Brother's Seafood in Shreveport and Bossier.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover released a statement late Tuesday afternoon in response to Chapman's death. "This certainly is very sad and tragic news. Orlando was a well-known, well-liked businessman who took great pride in his work and displayed sincere joy in connecting with his customers on a personal level. He had a strong sense of community and I truly appreciate the passion and vision he had to incorporate many of the traditions started by the founders of Freeman and Harris Cafe, one of Shreveport's most historic and unique landmarks.
 
His presence will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

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