PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – On Sunday morning, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (WBRSO) deputies responded to a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) employee being stabbed by a man after he pulled over to help someone on the side of the interstate.
66-year-old Darrell Guillory stopped to help a stalled vehicle around noon but was attacked. Deputies responded to the scene and shot the suspect, now identified as 31-year-old Ruben Ernesto Dorado. While police shot and killed Dorado, Guillory died from his injuries. The details of the attack are still being investigated.
Now, a community is mourning a figure who once provided comfort to those stranded on the side of the road. Guillory is remembered as a kind and caring figure.
“We’ve received compliments for his service, his character, his demeanor. The way he worked with folks because not only does he provide the physical need but he also reassures folks,” DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said. “He lets them know they’re safe and someone’s here to help them. That’s the most important thing you can do when someone’s vulnerable.”
He previously was a Baton Rouge police officer and joined the Motorist Assistance Patrol in 2017.
“[He] gave his life in service first as an officer and then as a motor assist patrol and I am so grateful for his service but I am saddened by the fact that he’s not going home and his family is going to have a void for some time to come,” Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary said.
Wilson also said nothing like this has ever happened to one of the MAP units. They’re usually looking over their shoulders to avoid being hit by distracted drivers. Now, they will do a review of the incident to offer any help to workers.
“It’s a sorry state of affairs when we have people who I would consider angels of the highway who are designed and put in place to help grandparents and parents and individuals who are stranded for gas or need help changing a tire or folks who are here to help mitigate traffic with things that are uncertain and to have such a tragic accident where a gentleman lost his life. A family is never going to be the same again,” Wilson said.
Guillory was from Youngsville, La.