It's been a tragic week for law enforcement officers in the New Orleans area.
Four deaths occurred in the post Katrina landscape. Two in St. Tammany and two in New Orleans.
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was killed Saturday morning and another deputy was injured when their car ran off the road while they were responding to a false report of a body on another parish highway
During the funeral for the officer killed, a strong thunderstorm rolled thru the area, knocking over a huge pine tree, probably
weakened by Katrina's winds, killing another deputy.
As a miles-long funeral processional snaked through Covington en route to pay respects for fallen Deputy Hilery Mayo on Wednesday, tragedy delivered yet another cruel blow to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
A deputy was killed and another was badly injured when a sudden, violent thunderstorm deluged the funeral procession around 4 p.m. and toppled a large pine tree that crushed the deputies' patrol car.
Here's a letter to the editor from a local law enforcement person regarding this tragic matter.
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In New Orleans, one officer took his own life.
A former New Orleans police officer, facing trial in connection with the videotaped 2005 beating of a retired teacher in the French Quarter, died over the weekend in an apparent suicide, authorities said.
Lance Schilling, 30, was indicted along with another officer last year on charges of second-degree battery regarding their actions in a confrontation with a 64-year-old man. Schilling and Robert Evangelist were fired from the New Orleans Police Department following the Oct. 8, 2005, incident. Before his dismissal from the department, Schilling, an eight-year NOPD veteran, worked in the 8th District.
Schilling died Sunday around 9:45 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Jefferson Parish coroner's office. The shooting, which took place at his Metairie home, was ruled a suicide.
Another officer died on his day off in New Orleans East
An off-duty New Orleans police officer died Sunday afternoon in an apparent one-vehicle traffic accident in eastern New Orleans.
The officer was Sidney Trepagnier Jr., 50, of New Orleans, a 26-year veteran who worked in the Traffic Division, said Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.
Trepagnier apparently was traveling west on Terminal Road about a mile south of Interstate 10 and just east of the Industrial Canal, police said. When he reached a point about a quarter-mile east of Jourdan Road South, the sport utility vehicle he was driving veered left and entered a ditch just north of the Intracoastal Waterway