While the New Orleans Saints are known for their team colors being black and gold, they also showed that they respect the color blue as well when they paid tribute to two St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies before their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Saints asked for a moment of silence before the game started to honor deputies Brandon Nielson and Jeremy Triche who were killed in the line of duty on Thursday in what authorities called an “ambush” on the men.
Two other deputies, Jason Triche and Michael Boyington, were wounded in connection with the incident. Boyington was working an off-duty detail at a refinery parking lot when he was shot by assailants for reasons unknown.
This led to the other three deputies responding to a call that the suspect vehicle was located in a nearby mobile home park. While questioning several suspects, an assailant emerged from the home with an assault weapon firing on the three deputies.
So far, seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings and are said to have ties to a radical extremists group that say they are “sovereign citizens” who do not recognize or follow the U.S. government or it’s laws.
Brandon Neilson, 34 years old, leaves behind a wife and five children while Jeremy Triche, 27 years old, is survived by his wife and two year old son. Boyington and Jason Triche are expected to recover from their wounds.