The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office seems to be off the hook with the Louisiana Inspector General. The IG has stated the office didn't break any laws when it acquired 8 fully automatic M-16 rifles but believes the office received the guns due to paperwork inaccuracies.
"Statements that were made in the justification in the application that he felt were not accurate," DA Charles Scott said. He says his assistants Lea Hall and Hugo Holland filled out the paperwork. He signed it without properly reading it.
"I think Mr. Hall and Mr. Holland, if they had to do it over again that they would have worded it differently," Scott said. "The Inspector General noticed that."
Scott says the M-16s are now with the Webster Parish Sheriff's office. They accepted his offer of them, and says he sent them on his dime. As for DA Office officials carrying guns, Scott says they do because their jobs can be dangerous.
"These are sometimes very hostile situations, and I want my investigators to be able to go home safely to their families at night," Scott said. "So, they are armed with handguns, and our agreement with the sheriff is that they will be armed with handguns."
However, Scott admits his office does have semi-automatic weapons, which aren't issued to anyone. He says members of his office undergo gun training, but he wasn't sure of how many hours.
"Anyone who is carrying a weapon is post certified," Scott said.
The Inspector General has urged the Caddo District Attorney's Office to "take measures to ensure the truthfulness and accuracy of documents." He has closed this case.