Scoot Blog: Ambushed Deputies
When I woke up this morning to the breaking news of an “ambush” shooting of police officers in St. John the Baptist Parish, several thoughts immediately came to mind. First, an “ambush” shooting suggests the police officers were targets. But why? I wondered if there is a drug war in New Orleans and surrounding areas that officials don’t want to acknowledge. I also thought about “hate” groups and disgruntled employees. There are many rumors about the motivation behind the shootings, but police are not speculating on a motive as they continue their investigation. Five suspects, males and females, are either in custody or in the hospital. LA State Police are leading the investigation and vow justice will be served.
This tragedy taking place in a closely-knit community outside of the city of New Orleans serves to remind us that there are criminal minds with no regard for human life everywhere. Often people want to blame inner city plight, welfare mothers, kids having kids and a disregard for human life for tragic shootings in New Orleans. Yet, early this morning the calculated killing and wounding of police officers occurred in what could be described as a safe, quiet neighborhood.
The uncle of one of the deputies killed said the shooting took place very close to the deputy’s parents’ home. He said they heard the shots that killed their son. Crime is more prevalent in New Orleans than outlying areas, but before you condemn the city for festering criminal minds – take a moment to remember where today’s tragedy occurred.
St. John the Baptist Sheriff Mike Tregue said at an afternoon press conference that ‘law enforcement is an occupation where you can take a life, save a life or give your life.” This morning, two deputies gave their lives at work.
We don’t know the people who ambushed those police deputies, but we can say that some form of “hate” was at the root of their evil motive. And “hate” lives everywhere.
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