East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy Shawn T. Anderson was rushed to the hospital after being shot while on duty late Saturday, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release. Anderson, 43, was conducting an investigation with another deputy at a strip mall near the AMC movie theater when the shooting occurred.
"Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.
Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Lee told local media outlets that the deputies were not responding to a call for service.
A suspect was shot and injured and taken to a hospital. The condition of the suspect was unavailable.
Anderson began working at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office in 1999. He was presented the Life Saving Award in 2010 for saving the life of a woman on Old Mississippi River bridge and recognized for serving more than sixty high-risk warrants in 2013 as part of a SWAT team with no injuries or shots fired. He also delivered a baby on the side of the road last year.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Police Chief Carl Dabadie asked for prayers for Anderson's family.
"I think we are a very praying community and I think that thoughts and prayers are needed here and we come together just like we always do and always have," Dabadie added. "There's no doubt we won't here, also."
The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2nzNuM0 ) quoted Hicks as saying the Louisiana State Police would conduct the investigation.
Authorities did not release the identity of the suspect.
The deputy was taken from Ochsner Medical Center shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday with a procession of law enforcement vehicles.
"Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen deputy and all the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their own safety every single day to protect the communities they serve," said Corey Amundson, acting U.S. attorney. "We will devote whatever federal law enforcement resources are necessary to ensure that justice is served."
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Baton Rouge police officer is killed and gunman is wounded in a barbershop shootout
A Louisiana cop was shot dead with the alleged gunman left wounded at a shootout in a barbershop late on Saturday night.
The Sheriff's Office deputy from East Baton Rouge Parish was shot just before midnight during an investigation at the Classic Cuts shop.
The deputy was investigating a domestic situation when the shooting happened.
The officer who has not yet been named died at a hospital, nearby.
A second deputy who witnessed the shooting escaped without injury.
'It's a tragic night for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office,' EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. 'We're focused on working with the family, praying for the family and making sure that our deputies have the help and support that they need.'
It is the second cop killing to happen in East Baton Rouge Parish over the past 12 months.
45-year-old Deputy Bradford Garafola was killed last July.
He along with two officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department were ambushed and shot dead in the days after a sniper attack in Dallas, where five officers were killed.
Elected officials from Louisiana have reached out to support the family.
Acting United States Attorney Corey Amundson stated: 'Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen deputy and all the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their own safety every single day to protect the communities they serve. We will devote whatever federal law enforcement resources are necessary to ensure that justice is served.'
Rep. Cedric Richmond stated: 'My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer and the entire East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Our law enforcement officers willingly place themselves in harm's way to keep us safe and when this level of tragedy occurs we all grieve the loss together.
'This officer was part of the fabric of the East Baton Rouge community and embodied the integrity, honesty, and character that the uniform represents. I am thankful for his service, his sacrifice, and offer my deepest condolences to his family and fellow officers during this most difficult time.'
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy fatally shot, suspect wounded
An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed Saturday night (March 18) during an investigation at a beauty shop, authorities said. The suspected gunman was wounded and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Bryan Lee, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop A, told reporters Saturday night that the slain deputy was one of two deputies who were carrying out an unspecified investigation at Classic Cuts, 1962 O'Neal Lane. Shots were fired shortly before midnight, Lee said.
The deputy was taken to nearby Ochsner Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A procession of law enforcement vehicles took his body from Ochsner to the East Baton Rouge Coroner's office shortly after 2 a.m.
Authorities did not release the identities of the slain deputy or the suspected gunman, whose injuries were not immediately available. Louisiana State Police is leading the investigation.
"We're focused on working with the family, praying for the family and making sure that our deputies have the help and the support that they need," said Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
Corey Amundson, acting United States attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, issued a statement Sunday pledging to "devote whatever federal law enforcement resources are necessary to ensure that justice is served."
Last July, one East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed and two other deputies wounded in what authorities have called an ambush. The shooting also claimed the lives of two Baton Rouge Police Department officers, and injured a third officer with that department.