At approximately 11:00 p.m. two East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies entered the Classic Cuts business at 16040 Hatteras Ave. in reference to a rape investigation. While inside the business, deputies struggled with the suspect and shots were fired. One East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was also injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Louisiana State Police will be conducting the investigation into the shooting incident.
Forty-three-year-old Sgt. Shawn Thomas Anderson of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office died as a result of his injuries following the shooting.
“Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “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.”
Sgt. Anderson began working at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in May of 1999. He served in various divisions including Parish Prison, Narcotics, K-9, Emergency Services Unit, Maritime Response Team and SWAT. Sgt. Anderson also served in Uniform Patrol at Burbank, Scotlandville and most recently Kleinpeter substation. Sgt. Anderson was presented the Life Saving Award in 2010 for saving the life of a woman on Old Mississippi River bridge. He was also recognized in 2014 for serving more than sixty high risk warrants in 2013 as a part of SWAT with no injuries or shots fired. In March 2016 he was recognized for delivering a baby on the side of the road.