Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy shot and killed in the line of duty

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"It's a tragic night for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, one of our deputies has been shot and killed", East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said at the press conference. Our thoughts, our prayers, our condolences go out to the Sheriff's deputy's family and all of our law enforcement agents who certainly feel a brotherhood and a sisterhood when something like this takes place.

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy has been killed in an overnight shooting and a suspect is in custody.

The identity of the slain deputy has not been released, but officials with the EBRSO say they plan on releasing the deputy's name later on Sunday.

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The deputy was taken from Ochsner Medical Center shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday with a procession of law enforcement vehicles. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome was also at the scene, according to reports. Bryan Lee with Louisiana State Police explained. The deputy was conducting an investigation with another deputy when the shooting occurred near Classic Cuts barber shop. The deputy sustained life-threatening injuries.

The shooting is under investigation. The slain cop and suspected gunman were not immediately identified. As of this update, the gunman was being cared for at a separate area hospital.

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