Gun violence has been of central concern in the United States these days. After the fatal shootings in both Aurora, Colorado and the Sikh temple in Wisconsin which occurred in startling proximity to each other, another shooting occurred at the conservative Family Research Council headquarters just this week. Even before the FRC shooting on Wednesday, Monday was host to another gun massacre which occurred at Texas A&M this month, making the number of violent attacks frighteningly high. After Thursday morning, another violent incident involving firearms can now be added to the summer’s total after two officers were killed and two more were injured in LaPlace, Louisiana.
Reuters reports that a gunmen shot and injured the first deputy early on Thursday morning while the officer was directing traffic in a parking lot. Reinforcement officers tracked the gunman down after the first shooting after he had fled the scene. They tailed the attacker to a trailer in a trailer park where they began to question witnesses. The gunman emerged from the trailer and fatally shot the two investigating officers in quick succession.
The two officers who were fatally shot were reported as Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27. Two other officers were wounded in Thursday’s occurrences and were named as Scott Boyington, 33, and Jason Triche, 30. Boyington suffered a shot to the shoulder but is expected to recover. The two officers with the last name Triche are believed to be related.
Other details in the case are currently extremely vague and uncertain at this point in the investigation. The BBC reports that five people are reportedly in custody, and some of those people suffered gunshot wounds as well. The identity of the gunman remains shrouded in mystery. Sheriff Mike Tregre told the press in a tearful voice that a “person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed my two officers… Two deputies were killed and a third was wounded.”
Thursday morning’s occurrences happened in St John the Baptist Parish just to the northwest of New Orleans. Politicians have been rather slow to respond to the issue of gun control and legislation during the current election cycle. I have to ask, why? These incidents are piling up and they are beginning to affect every segment of the population, from policemen and security guards, to young men and women attending the movies. Louisiana happens to have one of the highest percentages of gun ownership in the country.
Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the officers and the families affected by Thursday’s incident.
Photo: St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre talks to reporters near a crime scene where two sheriffs were killed and two wounded in LaPlace, La., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)