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Former SAU baseball player killed in line of duty

<br><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">MAGNOLIA, - Former Southern Arkansas baseball player Jeremy Triche, a <st1:city w:st="on">St. John's</st1:city> Parish sheriff's deputy in his hometown of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">La</st1:city> Place, <st1:state w:st="on">La.</st1:state></st1:place>, was killed in the line of duty in an early morning shootout there Thursday.</p>

MAGNOLIA, - Former Southern Arkansas baseball player Jeremy Triche, a St. John's Parish sheriff's deputy in his hometown of La Place, La., was killed in the line of duty in an early morning shootout there Thursday.

Also killed was sheriff's deputy Brandon Nielsen, while two other deputies were severely wounded and are in critical care.

Reports stated that Triche and Nielsen were following up an earlier shooting that morning with their investigation leading them to a nearby trailer park where they were ambushed.

Triche, just days shy of his 28th birthday, had been with the St. John's Sheriff's Office for four years and was currently assigned to the Canine Division.  He is survived by his wife and two-year old son.

Triche played two seasons at Southern Arkansas and was the starting catcher in 2006 and 2007.  He hit .372 his junior season with 13 home runs and 66 RBI, and led the Muleriders to their first-ever Gulf South Conference championship and a NCAA Division II regional tournament appearance.  He was a third team All-America selection, first team all-region and two-time first team All-Gulf South Conference honoree.

"Our baseball family has lost a great teammate," stated SAU baseball coach Steve Browning.  "Our heart goes out to Jeremy's mom and dad as well as his wife, Misty, and his two-year old son, Kade.  Jeremy was one of the toughest guys I ever coached.  He played a huge part in the 2006 team that won our first-ever GSC championship.  Jeremy will always be remembered for being not only a great ballplayer, but as a great human being as well."

A fallen and wounded officer support fund has been set up that will aid Triche's wife and son.  Donations can be made at http://www.louisianafcu.org/fallen-a-wounded-officer-support-funds.

Funeral services for Triche are scheduled for Monday.  Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at New Wine Christian Fellowship at 1929 West Airline Highway in La Place, La.  A Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 529 West Fifth St., in La Place.

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