2 deputies killed, 2 hurt near LaPlace.
POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:59am
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH (WDSU) — 9:57AM Update: Our NBC affiliate in New Orleans is reporting 5 people are now in custody.
9:11AM Update: Two people are in custody, one person still on the loose. Acadian Ambulance says they took 6 people to the hospital.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two deputies are dead and two are in surgery after being shot in St. John the Baptist Parish.
A search perimeter has been set up near the scene, at Airline Highway and Highway 3217. People are being asked to avoid the area. Several roads are also closed. Workers reporting to work at Bayou Steel are also not being allowed in the area. The Jefferson Parish SWAT Team and the Louisiana State Police are helping with the search, and one suspect has been detailed, law enforcement officials said.
The shootings happened before dawn, but details on what led to the gunfire have not been discussed.
Officials with the Valero refinery located in the area of concern have released the following statement:
This morning there was a shooting involving law enforcement officers providing security at an off-site parking lot used by contractors working at the Valero St. Charles Refinery. Valero employees offer their thoughts and prayers to the officers and the families of the officers involved in the shooting. Refinery operations have not been affected. The incident remains under investigation, and questions about the incident itself should be referred to local law enforcement. Any contractor who normally parks in the Montz lot should not report to work today. All other employees and contractors should report as scheduled.