- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - An off-duty south Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was found shot to death Monday shortly after he called in a report about two suspicious people.

The patrol deputy’s name was not immediately released. The shooting happened just south of Abbeville, about 150 miles west of New Orleans in Vermilion Parish. Several law enforcement agencies, including Louisiana State Police, were searching for the suspects, who were considered armed and dangerous.

Trooper Stephen Hammons said a state police helicopter was being used in the search.

Vermilion Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release that the deputy was mowing grass on Monday afternoon when he phoned the Sheriff’s Office to report seeing two suspicious people. Another deputy dispatched to the area found the off-duty deputy fatally shot.

Hammons said the deputy had been shot more than once. He died at Abbeville General Hospital.

Couvillon said a witness reported seeing a gold Lexus that had crashed in a ditch in the area and two men driving away in the deputy’s pickup truck with a utility trailer and lawn mower. The truck was later found abandoned.

“It’s a very sad day today, as we lost a veteran brother in law enforcement, a husband, a father and a child,” Couvillon said in his news release. “We are utilizing every available resource and will NOT rest until these dangerous criminals are apprehended and brought to justice.”

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