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Four Sheriff's Deputies Shot in Louisiana; Two Dead

Hemera/Thinkstock(LaPLACE, La.) -- An apparent shootout in Louisiana Thursday has left two sheriff's deputies dead and two others injured.

The shooting began around 5:30 a.m. when one of the deputies was making a traffic stop in a parking lot of a Valero Energy plant in LaPlace, about 20 miles west of New Orleans.

"As he was working this detail for some unknown reason at this time a gunman opened fire on him multiple times," St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Thursday at a press conference.

Tregre said a tip then led the other officers to a nearby trailer park where they were ambushed while rounding up suspects.

"Another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed... ambushed my two officers," he said.

Those two officers, identified as Brandon Neilsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 28, died.  

The deputy assaulted at the parking lot is currently in the hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It is unclear where the fourth deputy, who's also in the hospital, was injured.

Tregre said five people have been taken into custody.

"We have a few people in custody right now.  We are trying to determine their roles in this shooting," he said, adding that no other perpetrators were on the loose.

"We are in control at this point, at this point we are trying to piece everything together," Tregre said.

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Police: National Guardsman Kills Deputy in Georgia, Then Self

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- A National Guardsman who had been firing at passing cars on an Augusta, Ga., road early Sunday morning, killed a sheriff’s deputy before taking his own life, police said.

Christopher Michael Hodges, 26, appeared to be drunk and had been fighting with his girlfriend when he fired 35 rounds from an M4 semiautomatic rifle around 1 a.m. Sunday, killing Deputy James D. Paugh, 47, who was off duty but had stopped to investigate a suspicious car parked in a grassy area off Bobby Jones Expressway, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said in a statement.

“He pulled over his motorcycle and didn’t even get to put the kickstand down before the suspect began firing on him,” Strength said.

Paugh’s gun was fired twice, but police said Hodges killed himself with his own gun.

An official at Fort Gordon National Guard base said very little was known about Hodges.

“He’s been here several months,”  Fort Gordon public relations officer James Hudgins told ABC News.  “[He was] a member of the Tennessee National Guard.  He was assigned here as a trainee.  He had only been here a few months so that’s all we really know at this time.”

Hodges’ girlfriend was being held by police for questioning.

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Cow Attack Leaves Texas Police Officer Dead

KLTV Tyler, Texas / Handout(SMITH COUNTY, Texas) -- A Texas sheriff’s deputy is dead following a freak encounter with an injured cow.

Deputy Robert Britton of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department was directing traffic in Bullard last week, approximately 30 minutes south of Tyler, after a cow reported to have been hit by a car was lying in the middle of the road. The animal got up, charged Britton, and sent the 54-year-old deputy to the ground -- the man's head, clashing with the pavement.

Britton, a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, died Monday from his injuries.

He is being remembered by friends as an “outstanding guy,” and someone who was “full of life.”

“He's going to be very, very missed. He was an asset and also a good friend," Patrol Sgt. Thomas Burnes said, according to ABC News affiliate KLTV.

Reports said the cow was euthanized.

Funeral services for Britton will be held Saturday.

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