Soldiers guarding FEMA trucks come under fire

| 9/5/2008

Three National Guard soldiers guarding trucks containing food and water for Hurricane Gustav victims came under fire between midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Sept. 3, in Ville Platte, LA, north of Lafayette.

The soldiers involved were from the Missouri National Guard. They were guarding FEMA trucks, which were awaiting deployment to a distribution site.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that authorities believed they were shot at by people who were attempting to rob the trucks.

About three to five rounds hit the ground near the soldiers, who took cover behind a Humvee and returned fire. No one was hurt in the incident, and nothing was stolen from the trucks.

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, reported Thursday that two men were in custody for questioning about the incident. Ville Platte Police Lt. John Matte said the men were being questioned mainly because they were in the vicinity of the tractor-trailer shortly after the early morning incident.