Curfew in effect after deputy was found dead
ABBEVILLE - People in this small community were ordered not to leave their homes overnight Monday as authorities searched for two people who may have shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy hours earlier.
The deputy was found dead after calling in a report about two suspicious people south of town Monday afternoon. Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon said the deputy was mowing grass when he called the office to report the two people. A deputy was dispatched and found the unidentified patrolman dead.
A witness reported seeing a gold Lexus crashed nearby and two men driving away in the deputy's truck. The truck was found abandoned later.
"It's a very sad day today," the sheriff told KATC, the Lafayette ABC network affiliate. "We are utilizing every available resource and will not rest until these dangerous criminals are brought to justice."
KATC.com reported the curfew would end Tuesday morning.
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