7:30 LRN Newscast

A Jefferson Parish deputy was wounded and two men are dead after a shooting Wednesday night in Gretna.
According to Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, the shooting happened around 10:22 p.m. outside an IHOP in the 100 block of the Westbank Expressway near Terry Parkway.
Lopinto said detectives were conducting an undercover drug purchase in the parking lot when a driver put his vehicle in reverse, striking a deputy and ramming a JPSO car. Detectives shot at the suspect’s car, striking the driver and a man sitting in a passenger seat.
The JPSO reports that the driver died at the scene. The passenger who was also shot at the scene was taken to the hospital where he later died.
One detective was struck by police gunfire. He was also taken to University Medical Center and underwent surgery overnight. He was shot in the abdomen is listed in stable condition and is expected to fully recover.
A witness at the scene said she heard about 15 shots and was very scared.
The investigation into the shooting continues.
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