Reserve Zachary Police Officer 41-year-old Christopher Lawton was killed after two suspects allegedly ran over him in a Walmart parking lot in Baker. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says Lawton was attempting to arrest 33-year-old Albert Franklin on active felony warrants. 30-year-old Ashley Chaney was also in the U-Haul when they fled the scene.
"When the suspect took off, he actually pinned (the officer) next to the shopping cart retriever and then actually ran over the officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene."
Franklin and Chaney were apprehended in the truck about 20 minutes later. Gautreaux says law enforcement were working undercover and had been seeking Franklin and Chaney for some time.
"They had been looking for this suspect all day and they were working along with State Police in trying to apprehend this suspect."
Officers on the scene saluted the fallen officer as his body was put into the coroner’s van. Gautreaux says their department is working through the process of comprehending what occurred.
"We mourn not only for the loss of a fellow law enforcement officer but a true public servant. He was a full time fireman and worked with the Zachary Fire Department and also worked with the Zachary Police Department."
Gautreaux says no shots were fired, insinuating Lawton was killed as a result of being hit by the truck. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.