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Deputy injured in August ambush out of hospital


MONTZ, La. (AP) - A St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy hospitalized since a fatal August shootout is back home in Montz.

Neither Jason Triche nor Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, who was shot earlier the same day, is back at work, but both are recuperating, Sheriff Mike Tregre said Monday.

Triche was among three deputies ambushed Aug. 16 at a trailer park where they went to investigate the shooting that wounded Boyington at an off-duty security job. Both deputies with Triche - Jeremy Triche, who was a distant cousin, and Brandon Nielsen - were killed.

Seven people were arrested. One is out on bond and six are in state custody.

Tregre said he was thrilled by Triche's improvement. He said the 30-year-old deputy had been comatose - "just there" - during Tregre's visits to see him in the Baton Rouge hospital.

"It's just amazing. ... To see him today, talking and smiling - he's doing so much better," the sheriff said.

About 100 people lined streets in the rain to welcome Triche home, Tregre said. The sheriff's office had asked residents to turn out in a posting on its Facebook page.

"Everybody was working, school's in session, it was raining and we didn't know exactly what time he was going to be released," Tregre said. "If there was a set time and it was not a working day, we probably would have had a lot more people."

Brian Smith and Kyle Joekel were indicted on two counts each of first-degree murder of an officer, and Brittany Keith on two counts of being a principal to first-degree murder of an officer. No trial date has been set.

Smith and Joekel were charged with attempted murders of Jason Triche and Deputies Anthony Bullock and Charles Wales, who escaped injury at the trailer park.

Smith, his brother, Derrick D. Smith, 22, their father, Terry Lyn Smith, and Joekel were charged with attempted first-degree murder of Boyington.

Teniecha Bright has not been charged but prosecutors have asked the court to declare her a material witness to the first shooting, and she is being held for that reason. She reportedly was a passenger in a car driven by Terry Lyn Smith when Boyington was shot.

Chanel Skains has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. She is free on bond and will not be sentenced until a date is set for the murder trial.

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