EBR deputy killed in two-car crash Friday night

An East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle collision on Joor Road near Central.

Deputy Dustin Hamilton, 24, Central, a Sheriff’s Office veteran of nearly two years, died at the scene Friday night, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. on Joor Road between Hooper and Lovett roads, Hicks said.

Hamilton was off-duty and heading northbound on Joor Road in a Sheriff’s Office patrol car, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman, said Saturday.

For an unknown reason, Hamilton lost control of his patrol car and crossed into the southbound lanes. He overcorrected to the right, which caused a southbound Ford Explorer to slam into the driver’s side of Hamilton’s unit, Sandifer said.

The driver of the Explorer, Gloria Burrell, 26, Zachary, was transported to Ochsner Medical Center with serious injuries, Sandifer said.

Hamilton was someone who has a passion for law enforcement, Hicks said.

Hicks said the Sheriff’s Office has opened its chapel at its headquarters and made its chaplain available for family members or friends of Hamilton who need counseling because of the crash.

“Right now, we’re focused on working with our deputies, as well as the family, to see if there’s anything they need,” Hicks said. “It’s very sad. It’s tragic … for our department, and for the family. When something like this happens, you see what a family law enforcement can be.”