The seventh police officer, of 2017, to be shot and killed occurred yesterday in East Baton Rouge. Sergeant Shawn Anderson, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department, was attempting to arrest a rape suspect inside a hair salon.
Brandon Wiley, a 30-year-old black male, has been charged with rape, resisting arrest, and illegally tattooing a minor. The rape victim is only 15 years old. He was fighting with Anderson and both of them ended up with gunshot wounds. Wiley is in the hospital in critical condition. It is anticipated that he will be charged with the murder of Shawn Anderson.
Looking at the police officers killed in 2017 so far, we have two major anomalies.. Of the Seven officers shot in 2017, two of them were American Indians killed by American Indians. This means that so far for 2017, American Indians are over-represented in cop killings to an extreme degree. However, as the data set grows, I believe we will see American Indians become a much smaller percentage. The second anomalies is the fact that none of the perpetrators have been white.
The number of police officers shot and killed is also down significantly compared to this time last year. Click here for a full analysis of police shootings from 2016.
The Officer Down Memorial Page also lists Detective Steven McDonald of New York City. He was a white officer that was shot three times by a black male 31 years ago. He was extremely disabled by the gunshots and finally died of complications related the injuries on January 10th, 2017.
Lieutenant Debra Clayton (Black Female)
Orlando Police Department, FL, Monday, January 9, 2017, Shot by a black male
Detective Jerry Ronald Walker (White Male)
Little Elm Police Department, TX, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Shot by a Latino male
Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery (American Indian Male)
Rolette County Sheriff’s Office, ND, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Shot by an American Indian male
Police Officer Michael D. Louviere (White Male)
Westwego Police Department, LA, Friday, January 20, 2017, Shot by a black male
Police Officer Keith Boyer (White Male)
Whittier Police Department, CA, Monday, February 20, 2017, Shot by Latino male who also wounded a second officer
Police Officer Houston James Largo (American Indian Male)
Navajo Division of Public Safety, NM, Sunday, March 12, 2017, Shot by an American Indian male
Steven Floyd (Black Male)
Delaware Department of Correction, Delaware, Thursday, February 2, 2017, Beaten to death by black males