• That’s the day the three St. Charles Parish sheriff’s detectives heard — and then responded to — reports that St. John the Baptist Parish deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche had been shot and killed in an ambush at a LaPlace mobile home park.

    Two other deputies, Jason Triche and Scott Boyington, were severely wounded in the attack.

    Gros had known Nielsen when the two served together in Jefferson Parish. Jeremy Triche had attended training with the three. Their paths crossed sometimes in the close-knit law enforcement community of the River Parishes, and their loss is deeply felt.

    Nielsen, a big, burly, man with an even bigger personality, was a “Motor Man,” a motorcycle cop who worked many a traffic detail and frequently escorted weddings, funerals and, on one occasion, the president of the United States. He left a wife and five children.

    Triche, a younger officer assigned to the K-9 Division, lived his entire life in LaPlace, where he was a high school athlete. He was married and had a 2-year-old son at the time of his death.

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