PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Pass Christian city leaders met for the first time since two people were gunned down following the city's big Mardi Gras parade.
There was no discussion of the shootings at Tuesday night's meeting, but the board did approve overtime for the police department in light of the ongoing murder investigation.
Over the past nine days, the Pass Christian police department has spent countless hours investigating the post Mardi Gras parade shooting.
"I have to commend them. We've been doing an outstanding job throughout the department. Long hours, I know that the deputy chief on down even myself Friday night some of us didn't get home until 10:00 or 11:00 at night," said Police Chief Tim Hendricks.
But longer hours for law enforcement, means overtime pay. So, the board of aldermen voted to authorize an overtime request so that investigators could continue their hard work.
"From the mayor down to the aldermen, everybody in the city has been supportive of us. Again, from even purchasing to get us more supplies for crime scenes or some things like that. It's been a true team effort," said Hendricks.
Joseph Piernas, a Pass Christian resident and former chief of police reserves, lives about a half block from where the shooting occurred. He says he's proud of the department and happy with the council's decision to approve overtime.
"I have seen diligent work everyday from the police department and other agencies working in the surrounding neighborhoods on this case," said Piernas.
Chief Hendricks says he hopes within the next few days, he will be able to release new information about the investigation.