Two Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputies Shot Dead in Mysterious ‘Ambush’

Police have five people in custody, but do not know what prompted a gunman to fire on an officer in a refinery parking lot, then kill two in a trailer park.

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St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff deputies examine a car with bullet holes at a crime scene where two sheriffs were killed and two wounded in an early morning shootout in St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans, in LaPlace, La. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Two Louisiana sheriffs deputies were killed and two other deputies injured in a shootout early Thursday morning at a LaPlace, La., oil refinery, St. John the Baptist Parish authorities said. The shootings began as one of the deputies worked a traffic duty in an industrial area west of New Orleans.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on its website that a suspect opened fire on the sheriff, wounding him and other officers tracked him down to a trailer park, where he attacked them, killing two and wounding another.

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At a news conference, Sheriff Mike Tregre identified the two fallen officers as Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27. He said Triche and another officer, Michael Scott Boyington, 33 were “ambushed,” while on their patrol; with Boyington seriously wounded. The suspect’s motive remains unclear.

Deputies, searching for a car that fit the description of the vehicle involved in the shooting based on information from a tip, located it at the Riverview Trailer Park. When Triche and Neilsen approached a trailer, they questioned two men who came out of it, but a third leaped from the trailer with an assault rifle, firing on the officers, killing them and also wounding Deputy Jason Triche (no relation to Jeremy Triche).

Boyington and Triche were hospitalized and underwent surgery. Their immediate conditions were not known. Tregre said five suspects were taken in to custody by police, two of whom also suffered gunshot wounds. However, authorities are still trying to piece together why the shooting took place.

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Tregre, said Louisiana State Police have taken over the investigation,while speaking to reporters, became emotional. “This has been a very difficult day,” he said. “I lost two good officers today.

“Please pray for the two officers that were ambushed early this morning.”

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Steelsil
Steelsil

Sounds like a crack or meth story, to me.  

Daniel Mann
Daniel Mann

 Get Dave Robicheaux on the case.

Michelle Moody
Michelle Moody

Their immediate conditions were not known. ..KingofProfits.blogspot.com

Cornhole_West
Cornhole_West

More likely than not-  itinerant immigrant workers, plenty of them down there. Sure would explain the 'news vacuum'

Bob_in_NH
Bob_in_NH

uhm, almpst all acts of domestic treeorism and violent sprees like this are done by citizens, not immigrants. 

Jan Conroy
Jan Conroy

Most crimes are committed by minorities.  If the perp was a toothless, white, meth-head the media would have reported it immediately.

Dag Nab Nelson
Dag Nab Nelson

Is the River View Trailer Park in Jefferson Parish? I wouldn't be surprised if this was Casey Nunez 

@RealNewOrleans  We have been warning people about his online activity. 

Ban KKiller
Ban KKiller

When people feel like there is nothing to lose,  no hope for bettering their future, no elected official to help them, when they have no access to the law or courts this is what happens. Look for more of this....as if you didn't know. The blame is on Wall Street and the Banks who rule America. The working man and woman have no time to commit crimes. It is the unemployed and underemployed who feel valueless.