DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Ascension Parish deputies have been hard at work this summer to curb crime in the area, clocking in over 600 hours of overtime.

Studies by the U.S. Department of Justice show violent crime increases during the summer months. In efforts to combat this statistic, Webre’s newly formed task force is working to curb the violence in Donaldsonville.

“We are in the heat of summer and we’ve seen an increase in violent crime throughout the nation, and we’re not immune to it here in Ascension Parish,” Webre said. “We’ve seen our own share of violent crime in the last year and unfortunately we had another one last night.”

On Tuesday morning deputies responded to a shooting in Donaldsonville, according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre. Two men were wounded. One victim is in critical condition after being shot in the head while the other is recovering from a less serious injury to his hand.

In June, Webre joined the city council and the mayor of Donaldsonville in the mission to combat crime. So far, the task force has activated nine deployments, made 25 arrests, taken five illegal weapons off the street and put in 660 hours of overtime.

“Our regular patrol in Donaldsonville would probably have five deputies at night or six deputies during the day including their supervisors, with the task force being deployed you probably have fifteenth deputies out there,” Webre said.

Funding for this effort includes $50,000 from the mayor’s office, but it will take more to continue to fund the project.

“Now when I say 15 deputies, that includes juvenile, that includes narcotics, that includes special operations such as the bike patrol, the motorcycle patrol, our warrants division, so, yeah, you’ll see that much of an increase. Maybe triple the size of your contingency that would normally be out there,” Webre said.

The task force is not a permanent solution, but for now it’s their best tool to tackle the violent crime.

Currently, no arrests have been made in this morning’s shooting in Donaldsonville. If you have any information that could help investigators, call 621-46-36 or text 84-74-11.