Deputy Justin L. Beard
Photo credit: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
An Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a crash while responding to a call during a severe thunderstorm early Sunday morning.
Deputy Justin L. Beard driving on Louisiana Highway 34 in his department-issued 2014 Chevy Tahoe while answering a burglar alarm around 6 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to KLFY-TV.
Officials said that the SUV left the road, struck a dirt embankment and overturned.
The 26-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
Beard served with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office for 3 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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