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

Louisiana State Police are investigating a deadly shooting involving a Baton Rouge deputy.

Authorities did not release the identities of the slain deputy or the suspected gunman, whose injuries were not immediately available. The deputy was responding to a domestic situation when he was shot.

Lee stated Hawthorne was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Police said a suspect is in custody and is in the hospital after being shot.

The deputy was conducting an investigation near a barber shop in East Baton Rouge when shots were fired, Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Lee said at a press conference early Sunday morning.

The wounded deputy was taken to nearby Ochsner Medical Center where he died, according to officials. "We're focused on working with the family, praying for the family, and making sure that our deputies have the help and the support that they need." said EBRSO spokeswoman, Casey Rayborn Hicks.

Louisiana State Police is taking over the investigation. A suspect was also shot. "Our thoughts, our prayers, our condolences go out to the sheriff's deputy and his family". As of this update, the gunman was being cared for at a separate area hospital.

  • Arturo Norris