Eunice Police Announce City-Wide Curfew For Minors After Recent Shootings
Eunice Police Chief Kyle LeBouef has announced a city-wide curfew for the city of Eunice.
Our media partners at KATC report the curfew will be from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., starting March 23, and it will continue until further notice.
Here's what Chief LeBouef told KATC:
"The curfew is set in place to promote public safety as investigations continue into the recent shootings that have occurred in Eunice," a release from the chief states. "The curfew is not to interfere with anyone attempting to get to work, school, go to the grocery store, or for emergencies. If anyone is out there driving, riding a bicycle, walking, or by any other means, on the streets or public property between these hours without a legitimate reason for being there and the officers have probable cause, they will be stopped, identified, and documented."
According to Chief LeBouef his department will have zero tolerance for minors caught violating the curfew.
In a released statement the Chief of Police in Eunice also said, "Parents will also be held accountable as the ordinance states. Chief LeBouef and Mayor Fontenot are in discussions to have the current ordinance amended to reflect a change in the hours of the curfew,"
After a recent shooting in Eunice, three people were arrested after the victim died at a local hospital.
Here's more information on the curfew for minors in Eunice, La.
Sec. 14:105. - Curfew for minors established.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any unemancipated minor under the age of seventeen (17) years to travel, loiter, wander, stroll or play in or upon or traverse any public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, places of amusements and entertainment, places and buildings, vacant lots or other unsupervised places in the city between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, or 12:00 midnight on any Friday or Saturday night and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, all official time of the city, unless the minor is accompanied by his parents, tutor or other responsible adult or unless the minor is upon an emergency errand or has in his possession the written permission of his parent, tutor or other adult having custody of such minor to be upon or in such places between such hours of such date, unless an event officially sanctioned by the mayor and chief of police happens to be scheduled on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, on which occasions the curfew hour would extend to 12:00 midnight.
KATC reports that a17-year-old male juvenile is now facing first-degree murder charges. Also arrested was one juvenile male, age 15, and 21-year-old, Leroy Freeman, III of Eunice.