Caddo Parish District Attorney explained the acquisition of new weapons systems by his office.
Scott said his agency wanted the weapons mainly because they were a bargain.
Decisions about what would be done with the guns, which are being securely stored, or how they would be used have not been made yet, Scott said. His office also has shotguns and rifles — some acquired from seized evidence — and several Caddo district attorney vehicles are outfitted with police-type lights and sirens, he said.
That equipment is needed, Scott said, because assistant district attorneys and district attorney investigators often must go into dangerous neighborhoods and interview potentially dangerous individuals.
"I want them to go home safe to their families at the end of the day," Scott said.
Lea Hall, one of the Assistance District Attorneys, said the machine guns also are a preventive measure. While not necessary most of the time, district attorney investigators could be put in a situation where increased firepower would be needed. Criminals have access to more powerful weapons; a pistol is a poor match in those cases, Hall said.
"The idea was that if something very bad would happen and we hadn't equipped our people the best we could — that was something we wanted to avoid," said Hall, noting the agency's investigators who would be the only ones to use the machine guns or other weapons are trained former police officers and sheriff's deputies. "We hope we never have to use them." Shreveport Times