LAPLACE — Two sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana were fatally shot and two others were injured in an early morning shootout west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday.
The sheriff in St. John the Baptist Parish said five people are in custody.
A tearful Sheriff Mike Tregre said the incident started when a gunman opened fire for unknown reasons on a deputy working an off-duty traffic detail along a highway that connects U.S. Highway 61 with the busy industrial corridor along the Mississippi River. That deputy was wounded.
Sheriff Tregre said someone called deputies with a description of a car fleeing the scene, and officers tracked it to a nearby trailer park.
When officers found the car, they handcuffed a suspect outside a trailer, then knocked on its door. Sheriff Tregre said someone with a dog answered.
“Another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed my two officers,” Sheriff Tregre said. Two deputies were killed and a third was wounded.
Two suspects were wounded in the shootout before officers subdued them, Sheriff Tregre said.
The dead deputies were identified as Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27. The wounded officers were Jason Triche, 30, and Michael Boyington, 33. They were being treated at hospitals, but the extent of their injuries was not known. The Triches are not believed to be related.
1 man dead from rodent disease
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park officials say a man is dead and a woman is recovering after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease in a popular lodging area.
Park officials said Thursday that tests confirmed the man died in late July from hantavirus. Both victims had been staying in tent cabins in the park in June.
Park officials say the hantavirus has been detected in deer mice around Curry Village campground.
The virus takes one to six weeks to incubate. It’s fatal for about 30 percent of people who contract it, most likely by inhaling the virus from mouse urine or droppings.