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Opelousas police hits the streets to confront shooting suspects

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OPELOUSAS, La. (KADN) - The Opelousas Police Department (OPD) is celebrating what it calls a big “win.” Officers have confiscated multiple guns that could be linked to as many as ten shootings taking place there over the past week.​

“We wanted to let them know that we are watching them and we're paying close attention,” Martin McLendon, chief of the Opelousas Police Department, said. 

On Monday, officers went to the front doors of those whom they consider “known shooters”. 

“We actually came in contact with four phones, one rifle, and three handguns. Every one of them obviously had an extended magazine, a large amount of ammunition,” Chief McLendon added. 

Police came face-to-face with many “known shooters” but were unable to charge them with illegal possession of a weapon due to the suspects fleeing the homes on foot once they realized police were present. Police were able to later capture some of those who ran. 

One suspect even led them on a high-speed chase and got away. 

“He ran but he knows that he can't run for long because his car was impounded, the drugs were confiscated and we have a firearm,” Chief McLendon stated. 

The guns taken will be sent to a crime lab for testing which could open a can of worms. 

“I can almost guarantee before it even returns, that we're going to get a positive identification that it was used in a crime,” he added. 

No arrests were made of any of the suspects on Monday due to the lack of evidence connecting them to shootings.

From Monday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 9th, there were a total of ten shooting incidents in Opelousas. 


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