As part of an enhanced effort to curb shooting incidents, Opelousas police on Wednesday arrested two men accused of illegally firing guns within the city limits, and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested another man in an earlier incident outside city limits.
“We’re just having too many” shootings, Opelousas Police Department spokesman Corey Leger said.
Joseph K. Papillion, 20, and David Savoy, 21, were arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday in relation to several shots fired near a school in The Hill area of Opelousas south of U.S. 190 and west of Interstate 49, according to the Opelousas Police Department.
Police located Papillion and Savoy near a fuel station on Creswell Lane and found a revolver and six spent shell casings on one of the men and bullets on the other, and they later admitted to their involvement in the incident, Leger said.
Papillion was booked into the city jail on counts of illegal possession of a firearm on school property. Savoy faces the same counts, along with a count of discharging a firearm within the city limits.
Earlier on Wednesday, around 3 a.m., sheriff’s deputies arrested Jermaine Clark, 20, of Opelousas, outside the city limits for his alleged involvement in firing a shot into the air during an altercation outside an East Landry Street fuel station, Leger said.
Clark was booked on counts of illegal use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.