CROWLEY — Police have amped up their street presence and enforcement efforts in response to ongoing gun violence that most recently culminated in a double homicide on West 2nd Street.
“We have shifted manpower around within the department to put more officers on the streets seven days a week. Our officers have been addressing loitering issues, narcotics and other street crimes in the area of recent violence,” Police Chief K.P. Gibson said Tuesday in a prepared statement.
Officers made 65 stops of either pedestrians or drivers over the last week and arrested seven for drug violations, issued 12 open container citations and booked a man wanted in Rayne for armed robbery, Gibson said.
The push comes after the still-unsolved April 3 shooting deaths of Jordan Andrus, 24, and Cornelius Cain, 28. Andrus and Cain were found dead in a car parked near the intersection of West 2nd Street and Avenue D.
Gibson said the homicide investigation remains active, but detectives “still need the public’s help.”
The shooting happened days after Jennings resident Christopher Trent, 32, was shot dead outside of the Frog City Travel Plaza in Rayne, although police have not publicly confirmed whether the shootings are related.
Another man, 24-year-old Daniel Tezeno Jr., was shot dead on Feb. 5 at the corner of Jacobs Avenue and 7th Street in Crowley. His first cousin, 24-year-old Darius Thomas, was booked on a count of first-degree murder in the shooting, which police said was tied to a robbery.