EBR Deputy gunned down

Sgt. Shawn Anderson dies of gunshot wounds inflicted during rape investigation

BATON ROUGE, La. - (WVLA, Staff Reports)  The parish of East Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a deputyb  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 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.” 

 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. Anderson also served in Uniform Patrol at Burbank, Scotlandville and most recently Kleinpeter substation.  

In 2010,  Anderson was presented the Life Saving Award for saving the life of a woman on Old Mississippi River bridge. He also was recognized in 2014 for serving more than 60 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. 

This is the second killing to hit the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office in nine months. Last summer, a former Marine from Kansas City, Mo., ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge including  EBR Deputy Brad Garafola, 45.

Garafola one of three men fatally gunned down in the July 17, 2016 ambush, as he remained by the side of a wounded officer, trying to assist  and defend him from the oncoming shooter. 

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