East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy shot, killed in the line of duty

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - The parish of East Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a deputy killed in the line of duty Saturday night.

Authorities said  two East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies entered the Classic Cuts business at 16040 Hatteras Ave.  around 11:00 p.m.in reference to a rape investigation. While inside the business, deputies struggled with the suspect and shots were fired.

One East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was also injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Louisiana State Police will be conducting the investigation into the shooting incident. 

43-year-old Sgt. Shawn Thomas Anderson of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office died as a result of his injuries following the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “We ask for your continued prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn the loss and honor the memory of Sgt. Shawn Anderson.” 

In the wake of the tragedy, acting United States Attorney Corey Amundson issued a statement, saying “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.“  

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome also issued a statement, saying:

"Our hearts are breaking across this parish after such a needless loss of life.  When someone who wears a uniform and vows to protect and serve is lost, we all mourn and recognize that this is a loss for our entire community and a very sad day in Baton Rouge.

The family of Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson should know that this community is united in expressing our deepest and most genuine prayers and condolences. Our community is united that this is unacceptable and we don’t want it repeated. We must stop the violence.

Scripture guides us to act in a time of tragedy saying, 'Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.'

Psalms also reminds us that, 'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 'We must turn our hearts to God as we seek solace and healing in losing an officer of the law in such a senseless manner.

My office will work diligently with law enforcement to assist in this ongoing investigation as appropriate. We recognize this is a very difficult time for our East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, which has lost a member of its law enforcement family. We express our deepest gratitude for their brave service, and assure them that Sgt. Anderson will always be remembered for his sacrifice to keep our community safe.

I’m calling for flags at all East Baton Rouge City Parish buildings to be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Sgt. Anderson.  I’m also asking all of our citizens for your continued prayers, patience and thoughtfulness during this difficult time, as we are all in this together."

Sgt. Anderson began working at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in May of 1999. He served in various divisions including Parish Prison, Narcotics, K-9, Emergency Services Unit, Maritime Response Team and SWAT. Sgt. Anderson also served in Uniform Patrol at Burbank, Scotlandville and most recently Kleinpeter substation.  Sgt. Anderson was presented the Life Saving Award in 2010 for saving the life of a woman on Old Mississippi River bridge. He was also recognized in 2014 for serving more than sixty high risk warrants in 2013 as a part of SWAT with no injuries or shots fired. In March 2016 he was recognized for delivering a baby on the side of the road. 

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