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Elected officials offer condolences to family of slain EBR Sheriff 's deputy


In the aftermath of an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy being shot and killed during an investigation late Saturday night, officials from Louisiana and across the country have offered their condolences as news of this tragedy continues to spread.

Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted, “Such a tragic event last night in Baton Rouge. Donna & I are praying for the family of the @EBRSheriff killed in the line of duty.”

During a press conference at the scene, EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said:

This is certainly a tragedy for our community. Our thoughts, our prayers, our condolences go out to the Sheriff's deputy's family and all of our law enforcement agents who certainly feel a brotherhood and a sisterhood when something like this takes place.

On Sunday morning, Weston Broome also tweeted:

She also released the following statement Sunday afternoon:

Today our hearts are breaking across this parish after such a needless loss of life.  When someone who wears a uniform and vows to protect and serve is lost, we all mourn and recognize that this is a loss for our entire community and a very sad day in Baton Rouge. 

The family of Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson should know that this community is united in expressing our deepest and most genuine prayers and condolences. Our community is united that this is unacceptable and we don’t want it repeated. We must stop the violence.

Scripture guides us to act in a time of tragedy saying, 'Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.'

Psalms also reminds us that, 'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.' We must turn our hearts to God as we seek solace and healing in losing an officer of the law in such a senseless manner.

My office will work diligently with law enforcement to assist in this ongoing investigation as appropriate. We recognize this is a very difficult time for our East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, which has lost a member of its law enforcement family. We express our deepest gratitude for their brave service, and assure them that Sgt. Anderson will always be remembered for his sacrifice to keep our community safe. 

I’m calling for flags at all East Baton Rouge City Parish buildings to be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Sgt. Anderson.  I’m also asking all of our citizens for your continued prayers, patience and thoughtfulness during this difficult time, as we are all in this together.

State Representative Ted James also tweeted out condolences by saying, "Veronica and I are praying for the family of our slain EBR Sheriff Deputy. May God heal our community."

Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson released a statement saying:

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. We will devote whatever federal law enforcement resources are necessary to ensure that justice is served.

Congressman Cedric Richmond released a statement saying:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer and the entire East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Our law enforcement officers willingly place themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and when this level of tragedy occurs we all grieve the loss together.

This officer was part of the fabric of the East Baton Rouge community and embodied the integrity, honesty, and character that the uniform represents. I am thankful for his service, his sacrifice, and offer my deepest condolences to his family and fellow officers during this most difficult time.

Congressman Garret Graves made a post on Facebook saying:

Another one of our peacekeepers was killed last night - EBR Deputy. Praying for Sid and all the deputies and other law enforcement. So sorry. How many pointless deaths and acts of violence until it is realized that this advances nothing - no mission, no agenda, no message - just the loss of a father/mother/brother/sister/hero. Please keep the deputy's family in your prayers. We need transformative change.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle issued this statement:

It is with a broken heart that I express my sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson. This unfortunate and senseless incident hits our parish, city at the very core, during a time when we all are working tirelessly to build bridges between the community and those brave individuals like Sgt. Anderson who put their uniform on every day in an effort to protect and serve.

Sgt. Anderson's untimely death has not come without acknowledgment from people all across our parish, city, state, and nation. His accomplishments, both as a member of law enforcement and as an individual speak very loudly and attest to who he was and how he lived his life.

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