Local authorities to honor fallen police officer
BATON ROUGE - Police will line I-10 Saturday afternoon as the body of a police officer originally from Ascension Parish passes through the city.
A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department said officers will be asked to line the side of the Interstate with their police unit lights flashing. They'll stand at attention outside each car as Thomas LaValley's body and his family drive from East Baton Rouge and into Ascension Parish.
The department said as many officers that want to show up will be there. Officers will start the line at the College Drive exit and the length will depend on the amount who attend.
Traffic will likely be impacted by the procession Saturday. The motorcade is expected to arrive in Baton Rouge sometime after 2 p.m. It will begin in Shreveport early Saturday morning.
LaValley was murdered while responding to a call of a suspicious person in a house in Shreveport Wednesday night. LaValley, 29, grew up in St. Amant but had been a Shreveport Police officer for four years.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office will begin lining the interstate at Highland Road.
People are expected to gather along the motorcade route across Louisiana.
Funeral arrangements are set for Sunday and Monday; click HERE for more information.
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