A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Wednesday by members of his own police force after they responded to a domestic violence call at his home in LaPlace, La. Lieutenant Nolan Anderson was in a short standoff with fellow deputies when he was shot multiple times and later died in the hospital.
Police received a call about a domestic dispute and arrived at the house. Once there, according to WDSU, they found Anderson pointing a gun at his wife’s head. The report also claims that during negotiations, Anderson pointed his gun at officers and fired several shots in the air. The police then drew their weapons and fired at Anderson.
Neighbors in the community of LaPlace, just outside of New Orleans, are reportedly in shock and having difficulty dealing with the situation. One neighbor, identified as Harold Balise, claimed he knew what was going to happen: “See everybody show up with all kind of weapons and stuff. They [responding officers] were ready, and I said to myself, you know, somebody is going to die.”
Balise told reporters he had spoken to Anderson several days ago and Anderson seemed in high spirits. Balise said he was also not familiar with any troubles in the marriage or in Anderson’s home. Rolinda Williams, another neighbor, echoed the sentiments, saying the Anderson couple “was a good couple.”
An anti-crime activist is urging the African American community and anti-police activists to look into the shooting. Nadra Enzi, a Project 21 member and founder of American Brothers Against Crime, posted his concerns on Move-On-Up.org, a social site for black conservatives and moderates.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, Enzi, who goes by “Black Cap,” voiced his thoughts. “I am concerned,” Enzi said. “A 25-year vet has suffered the same fate as a street thug, gunned down.
“The deputy was in uniform, not plain-clothed, like most other black officers shot” by fellow officers, Enzi said. While he had no actual statistics, Enzi called the incident “extraordinarily rare.”
Anderson passed away at River Parishes Hospital. His wife was unharmed.