Funeral arrangements set for Cpl. Shawn Kelly - Details here
BATON ROUGE - Cpl. Shawn Kelly died Friday after spending weeks in the hospital following a shootout with a suspect in Livingston Parish.
Kelly had been hospitalized at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge since May 11, when he was shot while responding to a disturbance at a shopping center on Range Avenue in Denham Springs.
When officers arrived in the parking lot, 30-year-old Justin Roberts opened fire on police, striking Kelly multiple times. Officers fired back at Roberts, but he escaped in the ensuing chaos.
A Livingston Parish sheriff's deputy caught up with Roberts after he fled the shooting scene, and Roberts was shot dead after he approached that deputy with a gun.
In the weeks that followed, the community held several blood drives and fundraisers in Kelly's honor.
Kelly's funeral is set for Thursday, June 8 at Healing Place Church on Highland Road. Visitation is scheduled for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with the service set to begin immediately afterward.
The visitation, service and burial will be open to the public. After the service, a procession will take Kelly from the church to Denham Springs Memorial Cemetery on North Range Avenue.
The Denham Springs Police Department released the following statements on Friday:
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