PRIDE — One of three East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies responding to a disturbance call Thursday afternoon shot and killed a 54-year-old Pride resident after the man pointed a high-powered weapon at the deputies, officials said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Gregory Sanders was threatening to harm himself, tearing up his 16486 Pride-Baywood Road house, then walked outside with a high-powered rifle and pointed it at the deputies.
The deputies and other first responders arrived at 1:47 p.m., said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, who was at the scene Thursday evening, said the house had been “flagged” because of past problems. When the first responders showed up, they were prepared for a volatile situation, Moore said.
It’s still unclear if Sanders fired any shots.
Sanders’ wife had left house earlier in day because of an altercation; another person was at the house at the time of shooting, Moore said.
The three responding deputies have not yet been interviewed, Hicks said Thursday evening. The Sheriff’s Office typically waits 24 hours for such interviews, she said.
The deputies, however, have been put on administrative leave, per department policy, she said.
A woman at the scene Thursday who declined to give her name said Sanders was “a very friendly guy.” She didn’t know him by his full name, but only by the nickname “Yellow Boy.”
The autopsy for Sanders is scheduled Monday, East Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier postings of this story incorrectly put the address as Zachary. The house is in Pride.
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