Eugene Ellis Sr., Chief of the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Officer Christopher Beaudion.

Officer Beaudion, 26, was driving his assigned Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle early in the morning hours during his midnight shift.

For reasons that have yet to be determined, Beaudion’s vehicle left the roadway, crossed two lanes of opposing traffic and traveled into a ditch striking a tree. As a result, he was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

It is suspected that Beaudion may have suffered some type of medical emergency while he was driving.

The Coroner’s Office has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police, Troop F along with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department and the Ouachita Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident.

“This is a very tragic and sad day for the Monroe Police Department and the entire City of Monroe,” Mayor Jamie Mayo said Sunday. “We ask the community to join us in prayer for the family of Officer Chris Beaudion. His wife, children, family and loved ones need our kindest thoughts and support.”

“Chris will always be remembered by his family at the NPSO as a kind compassionate officer always with a smile, willing to learn and help anyone,” says a post on the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

“Our prayers and deepest condolences are extended to his wife and two children along with his parents, family and friends,” a department statement reads. “He will greatly be missed.”

Christopher Beaudion served the Monroe Police Department for one year and five months. He had previously served with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Department in their Patrol Division as a deputy sheriff. His wife, two children and his parents survive him.

Officer Christopher Beaudion is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, January 7, 2017.