Community tributes begin to pour in for fallen EBRSO deputy

Deputy Shawn Anderson (Source: WAFB)
Deputy Shawn Anderson (Source: WAFB)

(WAFB) - From Baton Rouge to Denham Springs, makeshift memorials are popping up to honor the life of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

At the Sheriff's Office headquarters near the Baton Rogue Airport, a unit is parked out front in memory of Sgt. Shawn Anderson. People are placing flowers on the windshield and tying balloons to the unit in his memory.

Casey Hicks, spokeswoman for the EBRSO, said Anderson was "funny" and "quick with a comeback." Anderson perhaps first entered the public eye a year ago when he helped deliver a baby on the side of Tiger Bend Road.

However, Anderson was not fond of being in the limelight. Hicks said he never wanted credit for what he did.

"He was going back to meet the baby. We wanted him to work with the media and get on camera to talk about what he did," Casey remembered. "He said, 'You must really hate me if you're going to make me do this.' I just told him, 'No. What you've done is awesome, and people need to know the kind of man you are.'"

Hicks said Anderson had two kids and was very proud of them. "He was telling me how while he was working, his daughter was actually at a track meet. He was showing me video of her running and how talented she was. So you could tell he was just a really loving father," Hicks said.

Anderson frequented a CC's Coffee House on Coursey Blvd. in East Baton Rouge. There, the workers remembered him as having a "great personality."

He "brought everyone's day up when he came in," said CC's employee, Feliz Simpson.

A small tribute has formed in front of the barbershop where the shooting occurred late Saturday night.

In the Denham Springs community, where Anderson lived, at least one neighborhood is decked out in blue balloons and bows to honor the fallen deputy.

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