Denham Springs Cpl. remains in critical condition, continues fighting for his life

DENHAM SPRINGS — Denham Springs Corporal Shawn Kelly’s status has not changed. He remains in critical condition fighting for his life, said a Denham Springs Police spokesperson.

“The family is super appreciative of the amount of support they’ve received,” said DSPD.

After a blood drive on Friday morning, nearly 200 liters were donated in Cpl. Kelly’s name. There will also be another blood drive at the Livingston parish courthouse on Monday starting at 9am.

Sport N Center in Denham Springs has created a shirt design to raise funds for the Kelly Family. All proceeds from t-shirt and hoodie sales will go to the family of Cpl Shawn Kelly.

There are also two additional benefits being held for the Denham Springs Officer.

Cpl. Kelly was Post certified in 1997 at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy.

He began his law enforcement career in 1994 with Louisiana DOC and other state agencies before ultimately joining the DSPD in 2019 where he is a Taser instructor and field training officer.

Cpl Kelly has received multiple commendations for his generous ways and positive attitude.

“Corporal Shawn Kelly is a life time public servant and is the type of officer who wants to respond to every call and help every person he can reach, which is why he was even where he was yesterday afternoon,” said DSPD’s Sgt. Scott Sterling. “Cpl Kelly is actually assigned to the traffic unit but never hesitated to help the uniform patrol officers as well. We ask that everyone continue their prayers for Cpl Kelly as he fights for his life. Thank you to everyone who has shown up to donate blood as well. The turnout has been tremendous.”

SUSPECT KILLED

The suspect accused of shooting Cpl. Kelly in the neck Thursday during a disturbance call has died, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Justin Roberts, 30, died Thursday evening after sources said he was shot in the head and chest.

According to law enforcement sources, Cpl. Kelly was responding to a fight between Roberts and a woman in the parking lot of the Petco off Range Ave. in Denham Springs. When the Denham Springs Police Officer arrived on the scene, sources say that a shootout ensued with Roberts. UWK is told as many as 10 rounds were exchanged.

Roberts reportedly then fled the scene and ended up in the parking lot of the old Albertson’s near Hwy. 190 and Range Ave. Other law enforcement agencies including the Livingston & East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Offices responded to that scene where sources say additional shots were fired. Louisiana State Police and ATF are assisting.

Cpl. Kelly was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge where he underwent surgery and remains in critical condition.

“As I said earlier, lots of questions still to answer in this case,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said. “We are continuing to process the scene with our partners.”

Photos from the crime scene show a number of yellow crime scene markers near bullet casings and a police SUV in the shopping center parking lot. The original scene unfolded in a busy area of Denham Springs near I-12. A Raising Cane’s, Waffle House, Petco, Big Lots and Office Depot are among the stores nearby.

BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

A blood drive is being organized Saturday, June 3 for the officer who was injured. Donors can donate at the North Park in Denham Springs, 30372 Eden Church Road starting at 9 a.m.

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