La. reserve officer killed in hit-and-run

Reserve Officer Christopher Lawton was run over by a truck in a parking lot while working undercover

By PoliceOne Staff

ZACHARY, La. — A Louisiana reserve officer was killed in a hit-and-run while working undercover, according to officials.

The Advocate reports that 41-year-old Zachary Reserve Officer Christopher Lawton was killed Monday while working with another officer undercover to investigate felony drug charges. The officers were attempting to arrest Albert Franklin, 33, and Ashley Chaney, 30, who were sitting in a U-Haul truck at a shopping center parking lot, according to WBRZ.

Lawton was run over by the U-haul truck as the suspects fled. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said the officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Everybody's taking it rough. I, unfortunately, have been through this more than once. It's not an easy thing to go through,” Gautreaux said.

Franklin and Chaney were later arrested after they tried to hide the vehicle.

Lawton, who also served as the Zachary Deputy Fire Chief, was remembered as being a “public servant, giving back to his community,” Fire Chief Danny Kimble said.

“Chris was a hard worker and a dedicated fireman," Kimble said. "And a family man, he believed very much in his family."

All flags were ordered to be flown at half-staff by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to honor Chief Lawton.

Franklin faces several charges, including first-degree murder. Chaney was booked on obstruction of justice.

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