East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux identified the deputy killed in a single-vehicle accident Thursday on Port Hudson Rd. in Zachary as 42-year-old Lt. Steven Whitstine.
Whitstine, who served in the K-9 division, was heading into work at the time of the accident.
Gautreaux said Whitstine was "a dedicated public servant" and would be "greatly missed", while expressing condolences for his family.
The sheriff's full message was posted on Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart I write to inform you that 42-year-old Lt. Steven Whitstine of our K9 division was tragically killed in a vehicle accident this morning on his way to work in Zachary.
I am grateful for his more than 8 years of service with the EBR Sheriff’s Office and more than 9 years of service with the Baker Police Department. He was a dedicated public servant and will be greatly missed.
My heart breaks for his wife Deputy Elisha Whitstine, their children, his coworkers, and all of those that loved him. Please remember his family in your prayers. We will let you all know as soon as arrangements are made.
Sincerely, Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux