La. trooper: 1 officer fatally shot, 2 wounded

CHARENTON, La. (AP) - Police arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a police officer and wounding two sheriff's deputies Saturday near a south Louisiana casino.

A Chitimacha tribal officer was pronounced dead at the scene of the shootings near Charenton, while two St. Mary's Parish sheriff's deputies were critically wounded and taken to local hospitals, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Hammons said the officers were responding to a fire at a trailer home near the Cypress Bayou Casino when the unidentified man allegedly shot them.

The casino is run by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. Hammons said the shooting occurred near but not on tribal land.

The names of the suspect and the officers weren't immediately released.

Hammons said firefighters were still trying to extinguish the blaze.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office referred questions about the shootings to the State Police.

"We've got a lot of unanswered questions," State Police Capt. Doug Cain said.

One of the injured deputies was taken to a hospital in New Orleans and the other was taken to a Lafayette hospital, according to Hammons.

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