Deputy At Center Of Deadly Shooting Resigns From EBRSO

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy who was on administrative duty following a deadly shooting in September is resigning.

Although authorities haven't officially identified the deputy, deputy James Hammett has been connected to the murder of Melvin Watkins.

According to officials, Hammett responded to calls about an aggressive Watkins at a party on Highland Club Avenue.

When the deputy arrived, eyewitnesses and video confirms that Watkins was on a violent course and Hammett acted within reason.

Hammett resigned voluntarily, citing personal and family health reasons.

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