NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson today announces more than 60 gun-related arrests made over a two-day period this past weekend in the Eighth District.
Through use of a high-level strategic deployment strategy working with Louisiana State Police, the NOPD made a total of 62 gun-related arrests between November 25-26 in the Eighth District, including the Bourbon Street corridor. These arrests were made by officers from the Eighth and Fifth districts, Special Operations Division and Investigative Services Bureau. The vast majority of these arrests were for illegal possession of a concealed firearm.
in addition, State Police also made six gun-related arrests in the Eighth District during this time.
“To show the impact of these arrests, Eighth District officers made 51 gun-related arrests on Bourbon Street for the entire month of October and 60 gun-related arrests districtwide during that time,” Ferguson said.
A further breakdown of these arrests include:
- 48 of the arrested subjects are Louisiana residents from outside of the New Orleans Metro area.
- 10 of those arrested are residents of New Orleans.
- The remainder of those arrested are from states including Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas.
- Seven of those arrested are juveniles.
- Three arrested suspects have prior felony convictions.
- Six guns confiscated in these arrests were found to have been reported stolen.
in addition, one of the arrested subjects – 23-year-old Tyreke Butler – was wanted for an October 17 shooting in the 800 block of Saint Joseph Street. he was arrested and charged accordingly.
Year to date, the NOPD has made 950 gun-related arrests in 2022 and has confiscated 2,456 illegal guns. This is an increase in both statistics to 2021 overall data, which shows 690 gun-related arrests and 2,066 guns confiscated.
Superintendent Ferguson stressed his message that those who bring illegal guns to New Orleans will be arrested.
“No matter where you come from, when celebrating in the City of New Orleans – leave your weapons at home,” Ferguson said .”I also ask our citizens to continue reporting suspicious behavior. If you see something, say something.”
All arrested persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.