Bossier City, LA (KSLA)- Bossier Police have confirmed the identity of the person killed in the SUV crash Friday evening as that of long time Bossier City Marshal Johnny Wyatt.
Bossier City Police say Marshal Wyatt was headed eastbound on I-220 around 7:45 in his Jeep Commander when he took the Shed Road exit, but his SUV rolled past the stop sign, across Shed road and crashed into a culvert. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Wyatt was taken to LSU Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that Wyatt may have suffered a medical condition that may have played a role in the crash. Crash scene investigators have returned to the scene of the fatal crash to follow up on the investigation as they try to determine the cause of the crash.
Condolescences are pouring in from friends, family, law enforcement colleagues and the general public. Wyatt served as Bossier City Marshal since 1991 and was 64-years-old.
"We are all very deeply saddened at the passing of Marshal Johnny Wyatt and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this painful time, " said Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker in a released statement which also read:
"Bossier City has indeed lost a passionate public servant and dedicated law enforcement officer."
Visitation for Marshal Johnny Wyatt is scheduled for Monday, October 11th from 5 - 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church on East Texas Street.
The funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday at the church, with burial services to follow at Hill Crest Memorial Cemetery, on Highway 80 in Haughton.
Mayor Lorenz Walker has ordered that flags at all Bossier City municipal buildings be flown at half staff on Tuesday in honor of Marshal Wyatt.
Johnny Wyatt was a popular and respected figure in Bossier City and the entire Ark-La-Tex. According to many, he will be leaving behind a legacy of accomplishments that will forever be remembered.
Marshal Wyatt is best known, for heading up the Internet Task Force for "Crimes Against Children" in which hundreds of online predators were captured and prosecuted.
"Johnny had the great ability to lead a thousand people, or to sit down with one person and to make that person he or she feel like they were the most important in the entire world," said Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen in a press conference he held at the Bossier Sheriff Substation Saturday afternoon.
Sheriff Deen described Wyatt's as a great leader, a great man and a great friend and will truly be missed by Bossier people. He talked of their friendship that lasted more than 20 years in which they were like brothers in the Sheriff's Office as well as the Marshal's Office.
"Those shoes will not be filled in a long long time although it's a great great department, Johnny's legacy as far as a great marshal in Louisiana, a great marshal in Bossier will go down in history," added Sheriff Deen.
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