Two deputies killed, two injured in St. John Parish shooting


POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:17am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:38am

UPDATE: Arrest warrants were signed on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 for Brian Lyn Smith, Kyle David Joekel and Brittney Keith. Brian Smith and Kyle Joekel are both charged with two (2) counts of 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer and three (3) counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer. Brittney Keith is charged with two (2) counts of Principal to 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer and three (3) counts of Principal to Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer.

Kyle David Joekel was released from the hospital this afternoon and booked accordingly. All of the suspects have been relocated to the St. Charles Parish Correctional Center.

ORIGINAL: As deputies in St. John Parish piece together Thursday morning's shooting, Sheriff Mike Tregre says this has been one of the most difficult days of his career. What he calls 'ambush' happened at the Riverview Trailer Court near Laplace.

More than 100 officers from multiple police agencies are still at the scene near River Road and Highway 3217, and a search perimeter was set up.

People were being asked to avoid the area. Several roads were also closed.

Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27, were killed.

The violence started just after 5:00 a.m. at the Valero plant south of LaPlace, where someone walked up to a deputy on a security detail and shot him.

Deputies Michael Boyington and Jason Triche were injured; they were taken to the hospital.


Thursday morning's tragedy put the whole parish on alert, even the superintendent of schools - an elementary school is just a mile away for where the incident took place.

But after a day of investigation, trying to get questions answered and remaining in control of the situation, the community and his office can finally start to grieve. 

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