New video shows EBRSO deputies confront armed suspect before shootout

BATON ROUGE — Newly released body camera footage from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reveals the alleged suspect who shot two deputies on Thursday morning, aiming a gun at the deputies before being fatally shot himself. Both deputies involved in the altercation were wounded but are expected to recover.

EBRSO says shortly after 10 a.m., East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies and members of the DEA Task Force went to a home on Robertson Ave. to execute a warrant. It was a ‘knock and announce search warrant’ in relation to a narcotics investigation. In one of the videos released, you can hear deputies announce their presence on the property through a loud speaker.

Officials tell UWK the deputies were also wearing identifiable vests and were in marked vehicles. EBRSO says two people came outside after they announced they were on the property.

When deputies went inside the home to search the house, they were confronted by an adult male. Officials say the suspect fired at deputies, at which time deputies returned fire.

Body cam video shows deputies kicking in a door before the suspect raises what it appears to be a gun. The video released by EBRSO ends before gunshots were exchanged. The suspect, identified by deputies as 21-year-old Tyquarius Armstrong, died at the scene.

Two deputies were hit by bullets. One deputy’s vest took the bullet but another deputy was shot and rushed to a hospital. He is listed in serious but stable condition. The deputies’ names will not be released due to their undercover status.

“This incident exemplifies how dangerous this job can be every day,” said EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “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.”

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement in response to the deadly incident.

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.

Mayor Broome

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