ZACHARY, Lou. – A prayer chain is needed yet again this week as the law enforcement community lays another one of its brothers to rest.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department has sadly reported the death of Deputy Steven Whitstine.
Whitstine was killed in a vehicle wreck that occurred on Thursday morning on Port Hudson-Pride Road in Zachary. Whitstine was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office just before 10 a.m., reports said.
Whitstine was part of the K9 unit for EBRSO. His canine partner, Sixx, was transported to a local vet and was treated for minor injuries.
A spokesperson for EBRSO said that the 42-year-old deputy was killed on his way to work when his unit veered off the road, struck a tree, then a bridge before overturning.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux released the following written statement: