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Two Deputies Killed, Two Wounded In La. Ambushes

August 16, 2012  | 

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Deputies Brandon Nielsen (left) and Jeremy Triche.
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Deputies Brandon Nielsen (left) and Jeremy Triche.

Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies were fatally shot and two others injured early Thursday in a pair of shootings west of New Orleans.

Five suspects are in custody, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Michael Tregre told the Times-Picayune. The shootings occurred in LaPlace.

At about 4 a.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, an investigator assigned to the district attorney's office, was ambushed while working a traffic detail at a remote parking lot for the Valero refinery at the intersection of La. Highway 3217 and Airline Highway. Boyington was wounded by gunfire.

Deputies tracked a car fleeing the scene to a trailer park, where a suspect with an assault rifle ambushed them. Deputies Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27, were killed by the shooter. Deputy Jason Triche was wounded. The Triches aren't related.

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