Lafayette Sheriff’s Deputies are teaming up with Scott Police to address a recent uptick in reports of shots being fired near multiple Lafayette Parish neighborhoods.
Most recently, the dedicated efforts to curb the frequency of these incidents resulted in an arrest on February 15, 2021.
23-year-old Deontae Smith was charged with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm after deputies and officers responded to multiple shots being fired near the 100 block of Dorchester Street. Smith admitted to discharging a gun, and one firearm and several shell casings were also located at the scene.
An increase in calls from residents referencing the sound of gunshots being heard throughout the area prompted Sheriff Mark Garber and Scott Police Chief Chad Leger to allocate the additional resources.
Residents in the area who see or hear weapons being discharged are urged to report any and all information to local law enforcement by calling 911.