Caddo Parish Coroner's Office

Investigative Staff

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has one Chief Investigator/Deputy Coroner, one Deputy Coroner Investigator and five Coroner Investigators. The investigators’ primary duties are performing death investigations which include cremations, and also sanity cases (protective custody orders) that occur within the shift. Death investigations include any scene investigation, body view, photo documentation, medical records review, confirmation of diagnosis with the primary care physician, and written report of the investigation.


Joseph Johnson, D-ABMDI ( )

Joseph W. Johnson holds the position of Chief Deputy Investigator under the leadership of Dr. Todd Thoma, Coroner. Joseph Johnson has been  employed by Caddo Coroner’s Office since August of 1990, after retirement from Shreveport Police Department. He has received certificates of completion from St. Louis School of Medicine in both basic and Masters in Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Courses, Basic Critical Incident Stress Management Training, Emergency Management Institute ICS-300, & ICS-400 Training, Child Homicide & Abuse Investigation from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX and other certificates. He actively participates with Homeland Security in the area of Critical Incident Management.

Gregory Clement, D-ABMDI ( )

Gregory (Greg) Clement has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement. This experience includes having served as a police officer, criminal investigator, and narcotics investigator with the Garland, Texas police department. He joined the staff of the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office in 1999, currently serving as an Investigator/Deputy Coroner. Upon his hire, Greg completed the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2009, he became a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Additional educational training includes a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Public Administration, specialization Public Management, both of which were awarded by Grambling State University. He has been recognized for his dedication to law enforcement by the Garland Police Department, the City of Grambling Police Department, Grambling State University, and the High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice in Houston Texas.

Milton Carroll, D-ABMDI ( 

DSC_0246   Milton Carroll has been a Death Investigator with the Caddo Parish Coroners Office for three years. He attended Northwestern State University and Grambling State University. He has served in various fields of occupations including being an EMT/Firefighter. He served in the Marine Corps in the Gulf War & Samalia. He attended the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in St. Louis, MO.  In 2009, he became a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

 Katrina Wright, D-ABMDI ( )

Katrina Wright is a graduate from Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana State University, earning her A.S. in 1994 and B.A. degree in 1998, both in General Studies. Katrina has also earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Katrina relocated to New Jersey, where she was employed with Willingboro Public School District as an assistant for the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Curriculum. While in New Jersey, she completed an A.S. in Mortuary Science for a career in funeral services employed with Serenity Funeral Home and Tunsil Funeral Home, Inc. In 2006, Katrina returned to Shreveport and began her career as a death investigator for Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office. She became a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator in 2008 with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Katrina is also a member of International Association of Forensic Nurses for whom she has also presented lectures for regarding death investigations.  Most recently, Katrina has begun working closely with the Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health in order to decrease the number of preventable child and infant deaths in Caddo Parish.

Erin Deutsch, D-ABMDI ( )

Erin Deutsch joined the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office team in 2010. She is a graduate from Bossier Parish Community College where she received her A.S. Degree in Medicolegal Death Investigation. She is a registered Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) after completing the necessary training and testing. Erin has worked with the Sexual Assault Response Team during her employment and also spent a two year term as Secretary/Treasure for Louisiana State Coroner’s Association. Erin is on constant lookout for educational opportunities and experience to further her knowledge in the field.



Josh Porter (


Josh Porter has been employed by Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office as transport since 2009.  Josh came on board as a death investigator in July 2014.  Josh has taken the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators course and is currently going through the required ABMDI training process so that he can become registered with ABMDI as well.

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