Two people, including police officer, killed in Louisiana

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Louisiana police officer fatally shot; suspect arrested.

SUNSET, La. (AP) — Called in to calm a domestic dispute, a small-town police officer was killed with his own gun, fired by a cousin, authorities said. Local fire departments work the scene of a fire at the Sunset Mini Mart convenience store in Sunset, La., where a suspect drove into the front facade of the building before a standoff with the police Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Source: AP) A gunman killed a police officer and fatally stabbed a woman while injuring two others on Thursday in Sunset suburb in southeastern US state of Louisiana.Henry Nelson, 51, was killed Wednesday, a day before he planned to leave for a month’s vacation, which he planned to spend with his teenage daughter, Sunset Police Chief Luis Padilla said.

Officers threw in tear gas and then stormed the JR Food Mart and arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Harrison Lee Wiley Jr, after he had refused to come out. Also killed was Shameka Johnson, 40, who — along with her sister, Shurlay Johnson, 34 — had tried to protect Courtney Jolivette Riley from her husband, Harrison Lee Riley Jr., 35, according to St. At least 50 local, parish and state officers responded to the incident at the convenience store, and “it went to hell in a handbasket from there,” Guidroz said. The police department consists of Chief Louie Padilla, six officers, four dispatchers, a secretary and 12 reserve officers, according to the department’s website. State police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said troopers were on the way to the scene in Sunset in southwestern Louisiana, about 70 miles west of capital Baton Rouge, after getting a call around 4:45 pm, local time Wednesday.

The incident took place a day after the shocking shooting incident in Virginia state in which a woman TV reporter and a cameraman were killed on live television when a “disgruntled” ex-employee of the TV station opened fire, before succumbing to his injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Harrison Riley drove from the house in Sunset, a town of about 2,900, and into a convenience store about three blocks away, barricading himself in an office and telling police that he wouldn’t come out and was ready to fight, Guidroz said. She ran out amid the chaos to see what happened. “I was doing my homework,” she said. “I was in the office and all of a sudden I just see the front just like crash and I see a car and everybody’s freaking out. People are trying to get out and I didn’t know what to do.” Clerk Tammy Adams said she recognized the man as a regular customer, but did not know his name. “I’m just grateful to God that I was able to get out of there,” she said, crying.

Shreveport Officer Thomas LaValley was shot to death Aug. 5, New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway on June 20, and New Orleans public housing police Officer James Bennett Jr. on May 25.

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