Crime in Bogalusa, Louisiana has mayor calling for National Guard

BOGALUSA, La. (KPEL News) — A spike in crime in a Louisiana city has led the mayor to ask for help from the state — including a call for the National Guard.

Bogalusa Mayor Tyrin Truong, the city’s 23-year-old first elected official, called last week and said the city had “experienced three shootings in the first month of the year where one person was actually hit by multiple bullets.” .

According to the city’s Facebook page, Truong “convened a group of elected officials to discuss a plan of action” regarding the city’s rising crime.

Bogalusa, which sits just inside the state’s southeastern border with Mississippi, saw several high-profile murders in the past year, according to WVUE in New Orleans.

In the past year, Bogalusa has been the subject of several notable murders for a city of about 10,000 people. In July 2022, Bogalusa native Javorius Scott and rapper with over a million followers was killed in a double shooting, drawing a wave of attention to the small town near the Mississippi border. Later that year, in October, a 15-year-old boy from Covington was fatally shot outside the stadium of a football game between Bogalusa High and Jewel Sumner High. Police later said the suspects were also from Covington.

Truong’s call for state aid comes after the city received a grant for additional resources through a recent grant.

“The administration has received funding commitments for the installation of crime cameras from Superintendent Lisa Tanner and Bogalusa City Schools, Sheriff Randy Seal and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Senator Beth Mizell, State Representative Malinda White, Parish President Richard Ned Thomas, and the Parish President’s Office,” she said. the mayor’s office to the media. “The City and Bogalusa Police Department are also working with District Attorney Warren Montgomery on additional ways to reduce violent crime.”

His request for state aid came late last week via a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards’ office. In the letter, he asked for help from the state police and the national guard.

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Crime in Bogalusa, Louisiana has mayor calling for National Guard

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