New crime force kept busy overnight
BATON ROUGE – The first night of a crime crackdown kept officers busy on the streets of Baton Rouge, dealing with a double shooting, drugs and a group of women attacking each other.
Jail records show Baton Rouge Police booked about six people into jail around the time the new task force was working Friday night and early Saturday morning. WBRZ has requested specific information from the department about the task force's activity, it's not clear as of this post if all arrests made Friday night were by the new squad. This story will be updated when more information is available.
The special crime unit was unveiled Friday by interim chief Johnny Dunnam following a wave of violence. A week ago, there were six homicides over three days.
To combat issues, Dunnam assigned ten officers to the task force.
"These specific officers have a reputation at the district for already patrolling and being proactive," Dunnam said.
The officers come from each of the city's various police districts.
Just a few hours into their new assignment, officers were already dealing with a double shooting. Two people were shot and taken to a hospital after gunfire in the 1500 block of North 48th Street near Gus Young Avenue. BRPD officials said one of the victims was shot in the back, while the other suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Little information is available about what happened because the victims are not cooperating, police said. It seems in addition to a new, upward trend in crime, officers are dealing with another new problem – victims not interested in helping detectives with the “who done it” of a crime.
The shooting happened around 5 o'clock. Then, an hour later, an all-female brawl unrelated to the shooting unfolded on Wooddale Blvd. One woman was injured and taken to the hospital.
Late Friday night, police also announced an arrest made by the task force in Old South Baton Rouge. A suspect was found with an assault rifle, handgun and drugs in a vehicle on Louise Street near the I-10 overpass.
The task force is assigned to high crime areas and respond to calls that may require extra assistance. Saturday is its second day in operation.
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