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50 additional state troopers to work in New Orleans area

Gov. Bobby Jindal is adding 50 additional state troopers to the New Orleans area. (FOX8 Photo) Gov. Bobby Jindal is adding 50 additional state troopers to the New Orleans area. (FOX8 Photo)

Dozens of Louisiana State Troopers have a new mission Thursday because of calls for help that went out after last month's Bourbon Street shooting.

Governor Bobby Jindal deployed 50 additional state troopers to the New Orleans area. They will work anywhere New Orleans police officers need help, including the French Quarter.

Ten people were shot on June 29. One person later died.

Police arrested 20-year-old Trung Tran "Joe" Le, of Belle Chasse. Investigators believe he fired the first shot in an exchange of gunfire. Le was arrested last week in Gulfport. He is fighting extradition.

State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said the contingent will include troopers from neighboring parishes and some already working other duties in New Orleans.

The troopers will be on duty through Labor Day.

Edmonson said about 45 state police personnel are ordinarily assigned to New Orleans, with duties including gambling regulation, narcotics work and insurance fraud investigations. He said that work will continue despite the redeployment of some officers to uniformed patrol work.

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