Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana, sadly reports the death of Sergeant Shawn Anderson.

Sgt. Anderson, 43, and another deputy were dispatched to a hair salon in a strip mall reference a sexual assault. As the officers contacted the suspect for an interview, an altercation erupted and shots were fired. Anderson and the suspect were each struck by gunfire.

Shawn AndersonSergeant Anderson was transported to Ochsner Medical Center for treatment. However, he succumbed to his gunshot wounds and passed away. The suspect was transported to a different hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Louisiana State Police is conducting the investigation into the cause of the shooting and the death of Sgt. Anderson.

This is the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Louisiana since the beginning of the year and the second officer death in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department in the past nine months.

Shawn Anderson served the East Baton Rough Parish Sheriff’s Department for 18 years. He served in a variety of capacities including Corrections, K-9, Emergency Services Unit, Narcotics, Maritime Services Unit, SWAT and Uniform Patrol. He served at the Burbank, Scotlandville and Kleinpeter substations.

Sgt. Anderson had received numerous awards and commendations during his career. In 2010 he was presented with a life saving award when he prevented an individual from committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. In 2014 he served over sixty high risk warrants with the SWAT team and successfully negotiated the surrender of the suspects without a single shot being fired. In 2016 he delivered a baby along the roadside as the expectant mother flagged him down knowing that she would not make it to the hospital prior to the delivery.

Anderson is also a U. S. Army veteran.

Sergeant Shawn Anderson is gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, March 18, 2017.

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