ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are investigating a deadly deputy-involved shooting.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Gregory Sanders, 54, of Zachary, was killed Thursday outside his home on Pride-Baywood Road near Riley Road. The incident happened around 1:45 p.m.
"It's Christmas Eve," Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman for EBRSO, said. "This is obviously a really sad thing for anyone to deal with, especially these deputies that were confronted with this situation."
The chain of events began with 911 calls earlier in the afternoon.
Early reports indicated deputies were called to the home for a disturbance and were met by Sanders wielding a high-powered weapon. Investigators said at least one deputy shot and killed the Sanders.
"There were different calls going to the location," District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "Obviously, something was going on."
Sanders reportedly had been tearing his home apart and threatening to harm himself earlier in the day.
The initially emergency call, placed by someone other than Sanders, went to EMS. The sheriff's office was then asked to assist. Deputies had been called to this home before.
"My understanding is that it has been flagged by either the sheriff, fire department, or EMS," Moore added.
"A lot of times, EMS will call the sheriff's office or other law enforcement to go out with them on a call if they are concerned about the scene being safe. They'll stand by, close by, until the law enforcement go on the scene to determine the scene is safe for them to enter," Hicks explained.
According to reports, three deputies were approaching the home when Sanders emerged, allegedly raising his weapon at them. Investigators are still working to determine whether he ever fired his weapon.
"This is definitely something we hate that we have to deal with. Anytime a deputy has to fire his weapon, it's a difficult situation," Hicks added.
The exact nature of the 911 calls that started the incident have not been released. Another person was allegedly at home at the time of the shooting and is currently being interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation.
An autopsy for Sanders is scheduled on Monday.
The three deputies have been put on administrative leave, which is policy in cases like this, as the investigation continues.