In a harrowing incident early Thursday morning in Louisiana, two East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies were injured, and a suspect was fatally shot during the execution of a drug warrant. The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at a residence in the 5600 block of Robertson Avenue, near Hollywood Street, as members of the DEA Task Force and EBR sheriff’s deputies conducted a “knock and announce” search warrant.


One deputy, initially in serious condition, was rushed to a hospital but was later released Thursday afternoon. The second deputy, protected by a bulletproof vest, escaped injury. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Tyquarius Armstrong, died at the scene.


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Law enforcement officials revealed that during the announcement of their entry, two individuals exited the home, and a confrontation ensued. The sheriff’s office confirmed that as officers entered to clear the house, Armstrong fired at them, prompting the deputies to return fire. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) has released body cam footage capturing the intense moments of the shooting. Alarming bodycam footage of the alleged incident on YouTube shows the dramatic scene:

Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux expressed gratitude for the deputies’ safety, stating, “This incident exemplifies how dangerous this job can be every day. I’m grateful our deputies are not more seriously injured. I was fortunate to spend time with our wounded deputy and his family at the hospital, and I am happy to announce that he is expected to make a full recovery. The second deputy was fortunately only shot in his bulletproof vest and was also checked out and cleared. This is exactly why we make training a priority at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.”


For security reasons, the names of the injured deputies remain undisclosed. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s office issued a heartfelt statement: “Today, we are saddened to learn that one of our sheriff’s deputies was shot while performing their duties. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deputy and their family. We appreciate the swift response from our emergency services. This incident underscores the daily risks faced by our law enforcement officers, and we are committed to supporting them fully and ensuring their safety. We stand together across our parish, united in support of our law enforcement officers and our commitment to a safe East Baton Rouge Parish.”

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