Sgt. Shawn Anderson's wife speaks out about the hero her husband was

Sgt. Shawn Anderson with daughter, Delaney (Source: Family)
Sgt. Shawn Anderson with daughter, Delaney (Source: Family)
Sgt. Shawn Anderson with son, Breland (Source: Family)
Sgt. Shawn Anderson with son, Breland (Source: Family)
Sgt. Shawn Anderson with his family (Source: Family)
Sgt. Shawn Anderson with his family (Source: Family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Yet another widow of a fallen deputy needs the love and support of the community as she prepares for her husband's funeral Thursday.

On Wednesday, Anderson's wife, Becky, opened up for the first time. "My kids have lost their everything. We, I have lost my everything over something senseless," said Anderson.

Anderson is still trying to come to terms with a harsh reality: her husband, EBRSO Sgt. Shawn Anderson was killed in the line of duty late Saturday night. The widow describes her late husband as silly, quiet, reserved, and a man with a huge heart who loved LSU football and the Cowboys.

"He would do anything for anyone at any time, drop what he was doing to be there," said Anderson.

Whenever he worked night shifts on the weekends, Becky and their children Delaney, 14, and Breland, 11, would go meet him for dinner. Afterwards, he walked them out to their car and said his goodbyes. "He kissed me bye. He hugged me so tight. He even had his hand right here on my neck. He was just kissing my neck and said, 'Be careful. Call me when you get home. I love you,'" said Anderson.

Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday night, she said her husband called to say goodnight, a call she will never forget because it would be the last time she would ever talk to him. "He said, 'Get some sleep. See you tomorrow. I love you most boo,' and he hung up and then fifteen minutes later, it happened," said Anderson.

Her husband was at Classic Cuts Salon on O'Neal Lane looking into allegations that Brandon Wiley, 30, had given a 15-year-old a tattoo and raped her, when the shots were fired.

"At midnight, the doorbell rang," said Anderson.

Oddly enough, Sgt. Anderson had told his wife if anyone ever came to the house to notify her, they would be in a marked unit. This was an unmarked car and in the middle of the night. She was scared.

"I picked up my phone and I called him and I just kept calling him and he didn't answer and then they started banging on the front door. I looked at our cameras and I saw it was Bill from SWAT and I knew," said Anderson.

When she opened the door, there was no time for her to ask questions. "He said, 'Let's go. We have to go. We have to go now. He's been hit multiple times and they're working on him,'" said Anderson.

Rushing to the hospital, she was already too late.

"The doctor said, 'We did everything we could. He's gone,' and I just screamed," said Anderson. "I just held him and talked and told him how much I loved him, that we're going to be OK eventually. It'll never be the same."

Sgt. Anderson is an 18-year veteran of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. He's earned several awards and recognitions over the years, but never wanted credit. "That's not why he did the job. He did the job because he loved to do it. He did the job with a purpose to protect and serve the people of Baton Rouge," said Anderson.

He worked in several different divisions, with SWAT being his favorite and then moved to K9. His partner of ten years was Jager, who the family now keeps as their pet. Becky had to share her husband with his law enforcement family because she knew his calling in life was to be a deputy and he ultimately died doing what he loved.

"I have been proud of Shawn Anderson since I met him 24 years ago," said Anderson.

She knows the funeral will be a challenge, but said it will be all about him and she added everyone can help carry on his legacy by living by his mission in life. "Step up and do the right thing and I think more people need to do that, to do what's right," said Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23 with visitation starting at 8 a.m. Services will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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