Baton Rouge, Louisiana - East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Sergeant Shawn Anderson was murdered in the line of duty Saturday night.
The tragic incident occurred just hours after families of the slain deputies in last years ambush attack were honored in a parade. At around 11:00 PM near the Classic Cuts barber shop, deputies responded to investigate a rape in a strip mall, near the movie theater off of O’Neal Lane at I-12.
As deputies investigated, gunfire erupted, and Sergeant Shawn Anderson, 43, was shot. According to WBRZ the suspect was also shot during the incident and was transported to an area hospital. The second deputy on scene was not physically hurt during the incident.
Sergeant Shawn Anderson was taken to Ochsner Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
"We are focused on working with the family, praying for the family and making sure our deputies have the help and support they need," the sheriff's spokesperson, Casey Rayborn Hicks, said.
“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.”
Sergeant Shawn Anderson joined the Sheriff's Office in May of 1999. He served in a number of capacities, including the K-9 unit, narcotics, and the SWAT team.
While on SWAT, he was recognized in 2014 for serving more than 60 high risk warrants the previous year with no injuries or shots fired. He also spent time in uniform patrol across East Baton Rouge Parish, including most recently with the Kleinpeter substation.
Just last year he made the news when he delivered a baby on the side of the road. He told reporters he had never delivered a baby before but had two children at home.
Before becoming a police officer, Shawn Anderson served with US Army.
In 2009 the hero sergeant received an award when he and another deputy rescued a woman who threatened to jump off the U.S. 190 Mississippi River Bridge.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Sergeant Shawn Anderson's family, both blood and blue. You are the true definition of a hero. Godspeed, Sir. We've got the watch from here.
Sergeant Shawn Anderson, your life mattered.