LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - An off-duty St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy was shot and killed by fellow deputies who were responding to a domestic dispute call at the slain deputy's home.
It happened Wednesday around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Captain Bourgeois and Pine street in LaPlace.
St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said when deputies arrived at the home, 25-year veteran Lt. Nolan Anderson was armed with a gun and arguing with his wife. As the situation escalated, Anderson began firing in the direction of the responding officers, essentially forcing them to take action to protect themselves and the officer's wife, Tregre said.
Anderson was taken to an area trauma center, where he died according to a Louisiana State Police spokesperson. State Police have taken over the investigation.
"I don't like to see nobody die. Nobody," said Harold Basile as he tried to process the chain of events that led to the death of his longtime friend. "I couldn't believe it."
"It's a day that I never thought I would see, where I have experienced tragedy in St. John Parish," Tregre said. "But to see my officers have to use lethal force against one of my very own - I never thought I would see this day."
Tregre said officers tried to calm Anderson down, but he was beyond reason.
"He made a decision today," Tregre said. "We had to make a decision to use lethal force. I wish we could change it. We can't, but hopefully the sun will come up tomorrow."