BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A child's first birthday turned bittersweet as the family learned of the killing of Sgt. Shawn Anderson of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Back in March of 2016, Anderson helped Laura Walsh deliver her son, Declan Walsh, on the side of Tiger Bend Rd. in Baton Rouge. One year later, on Declan's first birthday, WAFB was tasked with delivering the news of Anderson's death.
"To hear he was taken out in such a terrible manner was… it was definitely pretty heartbreaking." Walsh said.
Walsh, who moved to Chicago last November, received a call from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office early Sunday morning, March 19, telling her Anderson had been shot and killed.
More than anything, she couldn't believe that young Declan would never get the chance to meet the man who brought him into this world.
"It's a huge disappointment. You know, he's got… he has quite an amazing birth story. And we had hoped that someday, even though we don't live there anymore, that they would get to meet. And now, we just... well now, I guess he has a pretty amazing guardian angel," Walsh told WAFB via a FaceTime interview.
Sgt. Anderson was with EBRSO for nearly 20 years. He worked in the prison, narcotics division, canine unit and SWAT team.
He received the Life Saving Award in 2010 for rescuing a woman on the Huey P. Long Bridge (Old Bridge) on US 190 and was recognized in 2014 for serving more than 60 high risk warrants.
Walsh had spoken with Anderson only several times since their reunion, but she said in those few moments, she learned what type of man he was.
"He was obviously very dedicated to his job and serving his community. So, I hope people remember him in that regard. And, you know, he's a… just a wonderful man," she explained.
Declan Walsh is a happy, healthy, 1-year-old. His mother said she'll explain Anderson's death to him when he's older, but for now, she'll focus on the lighter side.
"We'll definitely tell, even as he just starts to understand little things about how this amazing police officer delivered him." Walsh added.
Funeral arrangements for the slain officer can be found here.