Reported by Kacie Whaley
A Louisiana St. John the Baptist Parish deputy is dead, and fellow police officers are the ones who pulled the triggers.
Fifty-year-old Lt. Nolan Anderson was on-duty Wednesday afternoon, but stopped at his daughter’s apartment for reasons currently unknown, Nola.com reported. He used his radio to call the Sheriff’s Office. When Anderson stated that officers would need to “come get him,” they knew that the situation was serious.
When police arrived, Anderson had a gun and was shooting into the air, according to News One. He then pointed his gun at the officers and fired. Officers fired back, striking Anderson several times. The deputy was transported to River Parishes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Anderson had worked on the force for 25 years.
Reports said that Anderson was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife while at their daughter’s home. At the scene, Anderson’s wife was present, and had been pistol-whipped by Anderson. She was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. “She’s going to make a full recovery,” said State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey.
St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre spoke at a news conference and expressed the police department’s grief of losing their third deputy in two years.
“I have experienced tragedy in St. John Parish, but to see my officers have to use lethal force against one of my very own? I never thought I’d see that day,” said Tregre.
“We had to take a life,” Tregre added. “The only positive is that we were able to save a life, his wife.”
Authorities are still investigating the issue, including what lead to the altercation between Anderson and his wife.
“We don’t know what led to the altercation between the couple,” Matey said. “We are in the preliminary stages of the investigation, there are a lot of interviews that need to take place, a lot of evidence that need to be collected.”