Shooting deaths in Lafayette doubled in 2015
LAFAYETTE - In 2015, 17 people lost their lives in Lafayette in shootings.
Shootings made up the bulk of the 20 homicides investigated by Lafayette Police in 2015.
Not included in that number is a death ruled justifiable homicide. It occurred Nov. 27 when a woman shot and killed Mauricio Reyna Bravo. Police believe Bravo attacked the woman. Another woman, Rebecca Landry, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant, which was found in a Lafayette storage unit.
Lafayette police in 2014 investigated 10 homicides. In 2013, there were nine.
The Advertiser reports Cpl. Paul Mouton didn't offer any theories for the increase. He did say, however, that police expects the overall crime rate in 2015 to be lower than previous years.