Louisiana sheriff’s deputy shot, killed while on-duty


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana is dead after being shot near a barber shop in Baton Rouge, authorities said Sunday.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy was rushed to the hospital after being shot while on duty late Saturday, Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Lee told local media outlets. The deputy was conducting an investigation with another deputy when the shooting occurred near Classic Cuts barber shop.

A suspect was shot and injured and taken to a hospital. The condition of the suspect was unavailable.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Police Chief Carl Dabadie asked for prayers for the slain deputy’s family.

“I think we are a very praying community and I think that thoughts and prayers are needed here and we come together just like we always do and always have,” Dabadie added. “There’s no doubt we won’t here, also.”

The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2nzNuM0 ) quoted East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks as saying the Louisiana State Police would conduct the investigation.

Authorities did not release the identities of either the deputy killed or the suspect.

The deputy was taken from Ochsner Medical Center shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday with a procession of law enforcement vehicles.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen deputy and all the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their own safety every single day to protect the communities they serve,” said Corey Amundson, acting U.S. attorney. “We will devote whatever federal law enforcement resources are necessary to ensure that justice is served.”

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