It all started in the Valero parking lot around 5 a.m. Investigators said a gunman opened fire on Deputy Jason Triche, hitting him and his car multiple times. That bullet-riddled vehicle was taken to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Deputies then followed a speeding vehicle to a trailer park.
"As we were interviewing the two persons, the two subjects, another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed, ambushed my two officers," Tregre explained.
Malley said he heard multiple gunshots.
"I couldn't tell you. It was enough to know it was something going on," said Malley.
It was much later in the day when Malley realized that "something" was how two deputies died in the line of duty, just feet from his own trailer. Officials closed off the scene as they searched for any clues.
Lt. Robert Davidson identified the alleged shooters as Kyle Joekel and Brian Smith, The Shreveport Times reports. Also in custody are Terry Smith, who is Brian Smith's father, and Terry Smith's other son, Derrick Smith. The name of the fifth person was not immediately available.
Something on my mind: Again, while visiting rural America (this time in Oregon), I was stunned by the extent and depth of white poverty. Everyone knows and frequently hears about black poverty or Latino poverty, but white poverty seems to have no or little representation. If are not white and middle class, or white and rich, you almost don't exist. No politician says he/she is working for or representing poor whites. It's always the middle class that matters. And when you say "the poor," you mean minorities, not white people. Yet the rural areas I've seen are filled with white people who don't have two pennies to rub together.