The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office released preliminary findings on the cause of death for Zachary Deputy Fire Chief and Reserve Police Officer Christopher Lawton.

On March 14, 2018 an autopsy showed that the manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was blunt force injuries to the head and torso.

The Coroner’s Office released this statement regarding the passing of Deputy Fire Chief Lawton,  

“It is with great sadness and respect we investigate any unexpected or traumatic death. When our investigation involves the death of a law enforcement officer, it is particularly tragic and we extend our thoughts and condolences to Christopher Lawton’s family, friends, the Zachary Fire Department, the Zachary Police Department as well as the extended first responder community that is grieving his death.”