10-year End of Watch program honors fallen heroes

Published 12:32 am Saturday, August 13, 2022

LAPLACE — A 10-year End of Watch Remembering Our Heroes program in honor of fallen St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche will be held at 5 p.m. August 16 in LaPlace.

The program will take place at the Lloyd B. Johnson Law Enforcement Training Center, located at 947 Cambridge Drive in LaPlace.

Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Triche and Deputy Sheriff Brandon Nielsen were fatally shot on August 16, 2012, by members of a domestic terrorist group known as the Sovereign Citizens, while investigating an earlier ambush shooting that wounded a sheriff’s office investigator.

Seven subjects were arrested and held in connection with both separate shooting incidents. The shooter, Kyle Joekel, was sentenced to death on Feb. 9, 2020 after being found guilty by a jury.

Deputy Triche, 27, had served with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office for four years. He is survived by his wife and son. Deputy Nielsen, 34, had served with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office for one year and had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.