Two Louisiana deputies killed in ambush shooting
Two deputies in Louisiana were killed and two more were injured in a pair of ambush shootings early Thursday morning, NBC station in New Orleans WDSU reported.
The first shooting occurred around 5 a.m. in the parking lot of a Valero refinery in St. John the Baptist Parish, 35 miles west of New Orleans near the Mississippi River.
The station reported a deputy was injured while working a detail when someone opened fire on his police vehicle.
Moments later, police received a call from a resident saying they saw a speeding vehicle. Police tracked the vehicle to the Riverview Court trailer park and began questioning its residents.
Police were questioning one man when they noticed another fully clothed under a blanket. After the two men came outside with them, a third man jumped out of a trailer and began firing with an assault weapon, the Times-Picayune reported.
Two deputies were killed and another was injured in the shooting.
Police have five suspects in custody. They do not believe any more are still at large.
The Louisiana State Police have taken over the investigation, the station reported. Earlier, officers from nearby parishes assisted in the search for the suspects.
An emotional Sheriff Mike Tregre said authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and what led to the shootings. The paper reported Tregre took over the sheriff’s office just 45 days ago.
The two policemen killed are the first St. John the Baptist Parish officers to die in the line of duty since 2006, according the sheriff’s website.