St. Landry

Sep 23, 2013 11:00 AM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

UPDATE: 18 in custody in Opelousas High riot

Opelousas Police are still on the scene at Opelousas High School where police have 18 people in custody after fights erupted Monday morning.

According to Opelousas Police Capt. Martin McClendon, the riot today will result in a police resource officer being placed at OHS.

"We have 18 people in custody, and I expect maybe 15 will be charged," McClendon said. "We had previous incidents leading up to this, and now here we are."

The violence began this morning shortly after 7:15 a.m.

"It started out as a group of kids that were starting fights that escalated into other fights," said Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow. "We have about 10 people in custody."

McClendon said the department had been investigating gang activity in Opelousas, and they believe today's outbreak may be gang related.

"From today forward they will a permanent resource officer at the school," McClendon said. "There were some minor injuries, including some bystanders who were injured."

According to Opelousas Police Public Information Officer Jodi White, police are questioning witnesses and suspects in the fights.

"They are all in a room right now trying to talk to everyone involved and find out what happened," said Opelousas Police Public Information Officer Jodi White.

"We think we removed all of those involved," said McClendon. "A lot of kids are being checked out, but the school is still open as normal."

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