St. John deputies shoot, kill one of their own

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By Monique Roth

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nolan Anderson, 50, was killed Wednesday by fellow deputies.

Sheriff Mike Tregre announced the news during an emotional press conference at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tregre said the Sheriff’s Office received a domestic violence call around 2 p.m. Wednesday, adding it involved Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the office, and Anderson’s wife.

“Officers took extreme measures to talk (Anderson) down,” Tregre said. “Life is full of decisions. (Anderson) made a decision, and we had to make a decision to use lethal force.”

Authorities said Anderson fired several shots into the air and at deputies who responded. Anderson’s wife was never shot and suffered “superficial wounds,” according to state police.

Tregre said Wednesday is a day he never thought he would see, experiencing his own officers use lethal force on one of their own.

Louisiana State Police have been called into investigate. Grief counselors are on duty for Sheriff’s Office staff.

State Police Trooper Melissa Matey said the LSP crime lab would process all evidence.

“The scene is very fluid,” she said, adding Anderson was on duty at the time of the hostage call and shooting.

Anderson died at River Parishes Hospital before he could be transported to another facility, authorities said.

Matey said Anderson’s wife is expected to make a full recovery. She said the investigation is in its preliminary stages, adding she is not sure who lived at the house the couple was at when the shooting took place on Pine Street in LaPlace.

Matey said Anderson was firing his gun into the air and at deputies before he was shot.

When asked about Anderson’s career, a clearly emotional Tregre said today he would not comment on that, but added everyone knew Anderson, went to school with him or played ball with him.

“We all knew Nolan,” Tregre said.