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Gunman kills officer, wounds two deputies after fatal trailer fire

A police officer was killed and two deputies critically wounded when a man opened fire on them in southern Louisiana, authorities said Saturday.

State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons told NBC station WDSU of New Orleans that a Chitimacha tribal officer and two St. Mary's Parish sheriff's deputies were responding to a fire at a trailer in Charenton when the man began shooting.

Wilbert Thibodeaux was arrested and was being treated for a gunshot wound, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. It was unclear if he had been charged.


The burned body of a man was found in the mobile home after the fire was extinguished, the Advocate reported.

The Advocate gave this account of the shooting, citing a State Police news release and a phone interview with Hammons:

After the report of the fire and of a man armed with a shotgun, the Chitimacha officer found Thibodeaux walking down the road. Thibodeaux opened fire and the Chitimacha officer died on the scene. The deputies then arrived and were fired on.

Thibodeaux was wounded in a shootout, but it was unclear who shot him.

Fire consumed the trailer, a shed and two vehicles, and after the blaze was put out, authorities found the body of Eddie Lyons, 78.

Charenton is about 115 miles west of New Orleans.