SPD chief: Dozens of arrests, weapons seized in ‘Operation Blue Night’


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond says a joint operation over the weekend netted dozens of arrests and the seizure of 47 firearms.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Chief Raymond described ‘Operation Blue Night’ as a multi-agency proactive enforcement operation involving officers and agents from numerous state and local agencies, from SPD to the FBI, DEA, and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

“The combined efforts were focused on taking firearms out of the hands of individuals who illegally possessed them, and as a result, those individuals which contribute to our violent crime rate,” Raymond said. “47 firearms were seized and will not be used in any more violent incidents within our city, state, and region.”

Raymond says a total of 58 people were arrested on charges that include second-degree homicide, attempted homicide, first-degree rape, and various drugs and weapons possession charges.

“What I hope it does is put people on notice that we’re not going to tolerate illegal firearms being carried in the city limits. That’s what we want people to understand. Is that if you’re driving around, walking around with an illegal firearm, you can expect officers to stop you, seize the weapon, and put you in jail.”

The pictures below show some of the weapons that were seized in the operation.

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