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Deputy Sheriff Brandon Joseph Nielsen | St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Brandon Joseph Nielsen

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 1 year, 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/16/2012

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Five in custody

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Deputy Sheriffs Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche were shot and killed in LaPlace, Louisiana, by members of a domestic terrorist group known as the Sovereign Citizens. They were shot while investigating an earlier ambush shooting that wounded a sheriff's office investigator.

The investigator was working an off duty security detail at a remote parking lot used by a construction company for contract employees at about 5:00 am when someone opened fire on him as he sat in his department vehicle.

Responding units located a car they believed had been involved in the early shooting in a nearby trailer park. As deputies Triche and Nielsen, and a third deputy questioned two men outside of a mobile home, a third man suddenly exited the home and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, striking all three deputies. Deputies Nielsen and Triche both died as a result of their wounds. The third deputy, who was related to Deputy Triche, was seriously wounded.

Seven subjects were arrested and held in connection with both separate shooting incidents.

Deputy Nielsen had served with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office for one year. He is survived by his wife and five children, and his parents.

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Hey Brandon, I know you know that you are always on my mind and in our hearts. I still struggle with you being gone and how to honor you in my life - through how I love my family and just live my life in general. I designed a tattoo to honor you as well, but unfortunately the tattoo artist said it was too detailed to make work properly, so I just did a simple black sheriff badge with the date. I am working on a serious back piece that will honor you and Grandpa and the Cameron namesake and really focus on family and all of you that have gone before us and watch over us. I love you and I know you are at peace and watching over us all. Much love.

Thom Cameron
Cousin
August 13, 2013

 

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