Man accused of killing deputy was wanted for allegedly raping teen

Owner of salon says she doesn't know why suspect was at salon at that hour
Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 11:49 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM CDT
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Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson served with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office since 1999. (Source:...
Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson served with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office since 1999. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of killing a deputy was wanted for questioning in regards to rape allegations made by a 15-year-old girl.

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The incident happened at roughly 11 p.m. Saturday evening at Classic Cuts salon on O'Neal Lane. Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office went to the salon to try and find Brandon Wiley, 30, who according to Louisiana State Police, died from his injuries on Tuesday, March 21.

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According to the probable cause report, they were following up on allegations that he gave a 15-year-old girl a tattoo, then raped her.

"The victim was picked up by [Wiley] and transported to another business where the victim entered and proceeded to use the restroom," states the report. "The victim exited the restroom at which time [Wiley] physically grabbed the victim and using the victim's own belt tied her hands behind her back..."

The alleged rape happened on March 12, 2017. The victim says she met Wiley about a month prior to the incident.

"The 15-year-old stated that [Wiley] performed tattooing on her on several occasions all without the permission of her parents," states the report.

Lilnetta Roach, owner of Classic Cuts hair salon, says she was in Houston, TX when she learned that the incident occurred at her business. She says Brandon Wiley, 30, a barber who worked at the salon was hospitalized after he allegedly shot and killed Sgt. Shawn Anderson, 43.

According to Roach, the shooting happened inside the store. A large bullet hole can be seen in the front window of the business.

Roach says the alleged shooter was relatively new to the business, but he did have a key to the store. She says this is a privilege shared by all employees.

Like so many, Roach is now trying to make sense of what seems to be a senseless tragedy.

The Louisiana State Police is conducting the investigation.

Officials say Wiley remains in the hospital in critical condition.

This is the second fatal deputy-involved shooting in less than a year for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Anderson had been with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office for nearly 18 years. He began working at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office in May of 1999. He served in various divisions including Parish Prison, Narcotics, K-9, Emergency Services Unit, Maritime Response Team and SWAT. Sgt. Anderson also served in Uniform Patrol at Burbank, Scotlandville and most recently Kleinpeter substation.

Sgt. Anderson was presented the Life Saving Award in 2010 for saving the life of a woman on Old Mississippi River bridge. He was also recognized in 2014 for serving more than sixty high risk warrants in 2013 as a part of SWAT with no injuries or shots fired.

One year ago, Sgt. Anderson was recognized for bringing a life into the world. Anderson and two other deputies were flagged down by a pregnant woman and her husband on the way to the hospital March 19, 2016.

This blow to the tight-knit family of law enforcement comes as they're still recovering from the 2016 loss of another deputy and two Baton Rouge police officers.

"Always in the back of your mind, you're thinking about the deputies," Major Doug Cain with LSP added. "You're thinking about the family. You're thinking about law enforcement. It's been a tough year."

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