BATON ROUGE –The community is mourning a deputy known for his service Sunday after a fatal shooting.
Sgt. Shawn Anderson was a husband, father, veteran and here. He was killed in the line of duty Saturday night, while investigating a rape case. However, the people he helped live on.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) said one of the rays of hope in a tough year for the department is a toddler who Anderson helped deliver.
"He was on the roadside a year ago today, delivering a baby and that baby is one year old today and his mother was heartbroken to learn it was Sgt. Anderson who was killed,” said Casey Hicks, EBRSO public information officer.
From family and coworkers to the people Sgt Anderson helped, everyone is dealing with an unimaginable loss.
"Right now our department is really just focused on grieving and mourning the loss of one of our own as well as making sure that the family and his coworkers have the support that they need."
It's a loss that for Baton Rouge has become far too common
"We lost two Baton Rouge officers but this is the second deputy we've lost in eight months and I think it was probably 30 years prior since we lost a deputy in such a way, so it really is hard hitting for out department it's hard hitting for the community so we're just asking for everyone's prayers right now."
In so much darkness, there is one light shining through.
"It's a little bit of a rainbow for us in the storm to see that little baby so healthy and happy and know that's because of Sgt. Anderson."
The toddler, Declan, celebrated his first birthday Sunday. His cake had a car on it along with the words ‘Tiger Lane’, where Sgt. Anderson delivered him.