Crowley police looking into incident
CROWLEY – Crowley Police are investigating an incident which caused injury to one officer and led to the arrest of one suspect. The incident occurred at approximately 8:12 p.m. Sunday evening.
Officers are working a special assignment regarding a recent rash of criminal activity which ranges from battery of people to burglary of businesses, residents and vehicles.
“It is our belief that we have a group of people who are working together to commit various acts of crime throughout the city of Crowley. We have formed a task force of officers from within the department to focus on and target these crimes / people responsible for these crimes,” stated Chief K.P. Gibson.
Some of the crimes being committed by these criminals include beating people for various reasons. One victim has been the target of this group several times. Thus, officers in a plain clothes capacity were working a surveillance when the suspects chased the victim from the roadway to start yet another physical encounter with the victim.
“As our officers exited the vehicle, they immediately identified themselves to the suspects and ordered them out of the vehicle. All officers were identified by badges and by verbally identifying themselves,” stated Chief Gibson.
The suspects then accelerated their vehicle, striking one officer and traveling directly at another officer. The second officer fired several rounds from his duty weapon in defense. The vehicle fled the scene.
Officers continued their investigation and have arrested one of the suspects involved in this case identified as Joseph Broussard Jr., 18, of Kaplan. Broussard has been charged with aggravated battery of a police officer. Additional charges are pending, and other arrests are expected. No one in the vehicle was struck by the officer’s weapon.
“Our officers are out in our community fighting for our residents and all visitors to provide a safe community. Thugs such as this will not run ramped in our city. The forming of this task force is to get problems such as these under control and off of our streets. This task force will remain in operation until matters have been settled and those persons responsible for this crime spree has been brought to justice,” stated Chief Gibson.