Deputy Sheriff Brandon Joseph Nielsen

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Joseph Nielsen

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

End of Watch Thursday, August 16, 2012

Add to My Heroes

Brandon Joseph Nielsen

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Nielsen and Deputy Sheriff 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 employee parking lot used by a construction company at about 5:00 am when he was ambushed 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 Deputy Nielsen, Deputy Triche, 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. Deputy Nielsen and Deputy Triche both died as a result of their wounds.

Seven subjects were arrested and held in connection with both separate shooting incidents. The shooter was sentenced to death on Feb. 9, 2020.

Deputy Nielsen had served with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office for one year and had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, five children, parents, and sister.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to death

ambush, sovereign citizen

Most Recent Reflection

View all 332 Reflections

Its almost 9 years… 9 years you have physically missed on Earth with your family… I am about to get married and I can’t have you physically here to share it with me like I did with your wedding. I hope to be making you proud Brandon! Everyday I try to make sure you will look down on me and be proud to call me your sister, to be proud of everything I choose to do in life. I love you so much and can’t still seem to fathom you gone. But my faith is strong and I know you are still close by. You would love your new nephews and see how big your only niece has gotten. I think you would love your brother n law to be!
Thank you for being the best big brother a sister could ask for!
Love you!!!

JJ Nielsen

July 9, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.