SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport’s police chief says most of the violent crime in the city over the past year has been the result of gang activity, drugs, or retaliation in some form, but a significant percentage has also involved people acting in self-defense.
Of the 40 homicides recorded in Caddo Parish since the beginning of 2021, 39 have been people who were shot and killed in Shreveport.
“We’re concerned about it. You know we’ve been concerned about the increases in violent crime we’ve seen over the last year,” said Raymond. “Our investigations reveal about 60%, actually just over 60% are regarding some type of gang, drug or some retaliatory type of behavior. A decent percentage also of that number has been, what we believe, is self-defense. Ultimately, that will be ruled on by the District Attorney’s office, but it was in which an individual was defending themselves against a threat.”
He says the department is aggressively addressing crime by installing cameras throughout the city and by creating the Violent Crimes Abatement Team, which begins work next week.
“It’s going to consist of officers from the Shreveport Police Department, deputies from Caddo Parish, troopers from Louisiana State Police, officers from the Bossier City Police Department, and federal agents from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, working in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Caddo District Attorney’s Office,” Raymond explained.
The focus will be on ending gun violence.
“We’re going to take advantage of some technology available to us that you’re not going to hear us talk much about, to really kind of focus in on who’s really committing the majority of these shootings and getting those people off the street and putting them in jail.”