MOREHOUSE PARISH, LA (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Two fallen police officers are bringing one community together Thursday.
First responders, local leaders family and the community all gathered around City Hall in honor of detectives Chuck Wilson and John Smith.
"I saw chuck as he turned the corner he had been shot," said former Bastrop Mayor Clarence Hawkins. "On that day, Bastrop matured. We were thrust into the real world."
Police say the two were lured into a room at the best budget inn by a woman saying she could help with an investigation...
Once they got inside, they were shot by a man.
"Tragedy has no respect for individuals," Hawkins said.
Both detectives and the man all died in a shootout.
"Nothing like that had ever happened. That's the kind of thing that happens in big cities," Hawkins said.
Hawkins said he believes their deaths changed two things in Bastrop.
"Two officers, one black one white were involved in the same situation . It made us realize that we are all humans," he said. "This was the first time in the history that First Baptist Church had an African-American to be funeralized in that service. That showed the maturity, the openness that occurred in the result of that."
Mayor Henry Cotton renamed East Madison Park to Smith-Wilson Memorial Park in Bastrop.