Aug 17, 2012 11:28 AM by AP
LAPLACE, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities have called a news conference where they are expected to identify suspects and charges in the deadly shootings of two sheriff's deputies west of New Orleans.
St. John Parish deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche were killed Thursday. Two other deputies were wounded. And two of the five people who were taken into custody also were injured.
The gunfire began around 5 a.m. with the shooting of a deputy who was working a security detail at a parking lot used by contract workers at a nearby refinery. The motive in that shooting remains a mystery.
More gunfire followed when deputies were interviewing suspects at a nearby trailer park.
State police said the news conference was set for late Friday morning in Laplace.
St. John parish experienced a severe tragedy this week, with two deput losing their lives and two more being wounded. We are inviting St. John parish and the surrounding communities to step up and donate blood to benefit the wounded officers and to honor of the fallen. Donations can be made in the officers' names.
Members of the community can donate blood to benefit the deputies involved in the shooting Thursday, August 16th in St. John the Baptist parish.
United Blood Services is currently accepting donations during center hours at any of our four blood donation centers in south Louisiana.
You can donate blood in the deputies' names at any of the following donation centers:
Baton Rouge: 8234 One Calais Ave.
Lafayette: 1503 Bertrand Dr.
Morgan City: 1234 David Dr., Ste. 102
Thibodaux: 2000 Audubon Ave., Ste. E
www.unitedbloodservices.org/louisiana or (337) 235-5433