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Louisiana Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot; Suspect in Custody
March 19, 2017 - An East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while conducting an investigation Saturday.
An East Baton Rouge deputy has died after he was shot while conducting an investigation before midnight on Saturday night, East Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Police officials confirmed. The shooting occurred near the Classic Cuts barber shop off O'Neal Lane, according to Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Lee. Two deputies were conducting an investigation near the barber shop, located at 1962 O'Neal Lane, when shots were fired. A suspect also sustained injuries, according to Lee, which were being treated. The suspect's condition was not given.

The identity of the deputy won't be released at this point, EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. "It's a tragic night for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office," 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." Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome were at the scene and both expressed the need to keep the deputy's family in people's thoughts and prayers. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux was with the deputy's family at the hospital, Hicks said. "My thoughts are this is certainly a tragedy for our community," Weston Broome said. "Our thoughts, our prayers, our condolences go out to the sheriff's deputy and his family."

Said Dabadie: "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. There's no doubt we won't here, also." The deputy was transported from Ochsner Medical Center after 2 a.m. with a procession of law enforcement vehicles. A large area near the AMC movie theater remained roped off in crime scene tape as police continued to investigate. Hicks said Louisiana State Police would be conducting the investigation.

Louisiana Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot; Suspect in Custody
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Slain Louisiana Deputy Was 'The Epitome of a Public Servant'
March 20, 2017 - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Thomas Anderson was fatally shot Saturday night at a hair salon while trying to question a rape suspect.
A veteran East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy who served high-risk warrants and earned accolades in his career became the fourth law enforcement officer to die here in the line of duty over the last eight months after he was fatally shot Saturday night at a strip-mall hair salon while trying to question a rape suspect, officials said. Sgt. Shawn Thomas Anderson, 43, a father of two and an East Baton Rouge Parish deputy for 18 years, died after being rushed to nearby Ochsner Medical Center. Anderson and another deputy struggled with the rape suspect inside Classic Cuts, a storefront hair salon on O'Neal Lane, about 11 p.m., said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Hicks said during the struggle "shots were fired," and the deputy was wounded.

The rape suspect, who hasn't been identified by law enforcement, was also shot during the struggle, Hicks said. He remained hospitalized Sunday evening. No other details of the shooting were provided by State Police, who took over the investigation. Anderson was a decorated officer who, a year ago Sunday, earned accolades and local media attention after he helped a woman deliver her baby on Tiger Bend Road. “Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said in a statement. “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.”

A State Police trooper guarded the scene Sunday morning as a few patrons of a nearby daiquiri shop in the same strip mall as the hair salon showed up to find out when authorities would let them get their vehicles, which were trapped behind the police tape put up the night before. Even as a parking lot for the next-door AMC Theater began to fill up for Sunday matinees, a few people were starting to leave flowers and other remembrances for the deputy on a brick planter in front of the salon. At Classic Cuts, a bullet hole was visible Sunday morning just under a decal saying "Cuts &" in one of the salon's large glass windows facing the mall and movie parking lots.

Lilnetta Roach, the owner of the hair salon, said she had few details about what happened or why. She was reached by telephone Sunday morning before details of the shooting or Anderson’s name were made public. Roach said some employees would work as late 11 p.m. on a Saturday and appeared to acknowledge that an unnamed male employee was at the business Saturday night. She declined to offer more details or give the employee's name until she could learn more. “I don’t know why he was there. I don’t know why he was there. All employees have a key,” Roach said.

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