An East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while he and another deputy were responding to an incident and conducting an investigation near a barber shop, located at 1962 O'Neal Lane Saturday night.
While the deputies were at the scene shots were fired by a suspect at some point. Police have not yet released details as to what happened prior to the exchange of shots. The suspect also sustained injuries, according to police, 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 to reporters, including those at our partner, The Advocate, early Sunday. " ... 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.”
The Advocate reported that 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.
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"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 spokesman said Louisiana State Police would be conducting the investigation into the shooting.