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Louisiana Deputy Shooting

Appearing from left to right, Brandon Nielson and Jeremy Triche. Appearing from left to right, Brandon Nielson and Jeremy Triche.

LAPLACE, La. – (WWL-TV/CBS) Two St. John Parish deputies were shot and killed while interviewing suspects in an earlier shooting of a deputy at the parking lot for contractors at Valero Energy.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said the incident began when an officer at the parking lot was approached and shot several times by a suspect. That officer was taken to University Hospital and is in surgery but expected to survive, said Tregre.

Working on tips from a civilian and another deputy, a vehicle similar to the suspect's was spotted and tracked to a trailer park.

Tregre said that deputies knocked at the door and had two people come outside for an interview about the shooting. He said at that time, a third suspect exited another door and shot Deputy Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Deputy Jeremy Triche, 27, to death in what he described as a 'ambush.'

Tregre said he believes there are several suspects in custody, some of whom suffered gunshot wounds. He said he believes officers are in control of the situation and that no suspects are on the loose. He said the public is not believed to be in danger.

"It's been a very difficult day," said an emotional Tregre. "I lost two good officers today."

Deputy Michael Boyington, 33 and Deputy Jason Triche, 30, underwent surgery for their wounds.

The incident occurred on Highway 3217 in the Valero parking lot. The remote parking lot is located in St. John Parish, while the actual plant is located in St. Charles Parish.

Multiple agencies are involved, including a Jefferson Parish SWAT unit, a K-9 unit, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, St. John Parish Sheriff's Office, New Orleans Police Department, U.S. Marshalls, Slidell Police Department and the state police. Also, helicopters are circling the area.

"Every day you go to work and you never know what's going to happen," said State Police spokesperson Melissa Matey. "When you go to work you don't know if you're going to come home. It's a very difficult day for us."


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