Memories of fallen officers etched into eternity on memorial
BATON ROUGE - More than forty officers of the law have been killed in the line of duty in the Capital Region.
Tuesday, Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells became the most recent officer to die after being shot by murder suspect Jamie Croom. Wells name will likely be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
It holds the names of the more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The memorial helps keep the memory of the officers from all of U.S. history. The first name dates back to 1791. Officers names are added during a ceremony each spring during National Police Week.
Tuesday night, a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy was shot while serving a warrant, too. The bullet was not able to pierce the deputy's bullet proof vest and he was uninjured.