BATON ROUGE, La.(NBC33) — Orleans - New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for creation of a special federal strike team to combat the city’s high murder rate. The plan was announced at the mayor's state of the city address earlier today. The proposed strike force would include federal law enforcement and prosecutors. Landrieu wants the group in New Orleans on a six month detail to build cases and prosecute violent gang members and drug dealers. The strike force proposal would be part of a larger effort to prevent killings through stepped up law enforcement and community outreach.
Lafayette - The state police are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened on North Buchanan Street. It happened earlier this week during after robbery at a convenience store. The suspect was spotted by an officer after the robbery happened. Officials say the officer confronted the suspect, and when he did the man became combative. We're told the two began to struggle and the suspect attempted to grab the officer's gun from his holster. Multiple gun shots were fired during the struggle and the suspect was hit. We're told the suspect is in critical condition. The officer was also treated at an area hospital.
East Baton Rouge - The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness had its 2012 hurricane preparedness meeting today. The department heads of all the agencies, which play a role in disaster response, on hand. The purpose, to let everyone know they're standing at ready when and if a hurricane strikes. One piece of advice being communicated today is to check on those who live in your neighborhood. Other advice, make sure your children know the family's game plan for safety during an emergency.
That's a look at what's happening - parish by parish.