An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy was killed when gunfire broke out during a rape investigation in Baton Rouge Saturday, according to a news release.
Two sheriff’s deputies entered a business around 11 p.m. in reference to a rape investigation when the deputies struggled with a suspect and shots were fired, the sheriff’s office said. One of the deputies was taken to a local hospital for treatment but he later succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect was also injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Authorities identified the slain deputy as 43-year-old Shawn Thomas Anderson.
“Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers,” East Baton Rouge Parish 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 joined the sheriff’s office in May 1999 and served in various divisions including narcotics and SWAT. In 2010, he was presented with the life-saving award for saving a woman’s life, according to a short bio provided by the sheriff’s office.