Opelousas police firing range closes after residents report stray bullets hitting homes

Posted at 9:12 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 23:43:38-04

An Opelousas firing range is now temporarily closed after complaints of stray bullets striking nearby homes. That property is used by the police department for training. The closure is a move meant to protect neighbors.

Residents in the areas have made numerous complaints about shots being fired at their homes and believe they came from people shooting at the target area.

"I had some of my constituents that were complaining about bullets that were flying and hitting their house,” said Nancy Carriere.

St. Landry Parish Council Member Nancy Carriere brought those concerns to the council during a Public Works Committee Meeting. They voted to cease and desist all activity at the range.

She says an annual permit for officers to use the training site will not be renewed this year until changes can be made on how the range operates.

"Looking at the conditions and bringing pictures to the council, we all agreed that it should be shut down until further investigation and seeing what the policies were in running that firing range,” said Carriere.

The council is asking association members to assure them the range will increase its safety measures and upkeep of the range.

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