2 men killed, Louisiana sheriff’s deputy hurt in shooting

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Two men have been killed and a sheriff’s deputy wounded in a shooting during an undercover drug buy in Louisiana.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said it happened around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday outside a restaurant near Gretna.

The sheriff said two undercover officers had blocked a car with their vehicle and the other car’s driver accelerated and hit a third officer standing nearby, Lopinto said. The undercover officers fired, killing the driver, and wounding a passenger who died at a hospital a short time later.

An officer was hit in the abdomen by gunfire, probably from another officer, the sheriff said.

“He jumped into one of our detective’s vehicles and they transported him to University (Medical Center),” Lopinto said.

The officer was out of surgery early Thursday, in stable condition and expected to recover. The officer hit by the vehicle did not go to the hospital. The names of those involved weren’t immediately released.

The sheriff, a former narcotics detective, said his narcotics unit plays an important role in the parish’s record-low crime rates in recent years.

“People play stupid games when it comes to narcotics, and unfortunately we have to walk into that dividing line to try to make the parish a little safer every single day,” he told The Advocate of New Orleans.

The sheriff’s office does not equip its officers with body-worn or dashboard cameras, citing the cost of storing the video.

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