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LaPlace neighborhood reeling after deputy shootings

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Scenic Riverview Mobile Home Park, scene of Thursday morning's gunfight (Evan Anderson) Scenic Riverview Mobile Home Park, scene of Thursday morning's gunfight (Evan Anderson)

LaPlace, La. -- News of two St. John Parish deputies' slayings in a small LaPlace neighborhood remains surreal for people who live there.  Neighbors say they're not only stunned, but outraged at the deputy shootings.

"34 years in law enforcement... I wish I could give a rhyme or reason.  I can't give one.  We're seeing far too much of this across our nation... small community like this, awakened early in the morning to multiple gunshots," said Col. Mike Edmonson with the Louisiana State Police.

"I was shaving this morning, and I woke up, I heard some noise, I thought it was lightning," said mobile home resident Osmel Trevino.

Trevino has lived at Scenic Riverview Mobile Home Park off River Road for only one month, and he says it's been relatively quiet, until this morning.

"Saw a cop crouching on their car, they were arguing, he started saying put the gun down, the gunman was saying, 'I'm not going to put my gun down,' cop said 'I'm not going to shoot you if you put your gun down,' and that's when they started firing," said Trevino. "The other guy came behind the cop and he shot him, threw his flashlight to his ground."

Trevino says he remembers it being exactly 4:55 Thursday morning when the gunfire started, still dark enough he says, where he couldn't really see the suspects and the deputies' faces. Once the shooting started, Trevino says it seemed like it lasted, off and on, for nearly 45 minutes.

"It was 15 minutes firing, and then 15 minutes they would stop firing again.  I didn't think, I just ran in the trailer and ducked.  I didn't want to get killed, I've got kids," said Trevino.

"I'm truly saddened by it.  It really hit home for me," said Travis Bell.

Bell lives next door to Trevino's mobile home park.  He says the mother of Deputy Jeremy Triche was his landlord.

"She's a good woman, and she was always bragging about her son, Jeremy," said Bell.  "If you have the heart every day to protect and serve for us, I mean, I have nothing but respect for you My prayers are with the family, and rest in peace."

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