Louisiana Police Officer Marshall Waters dies of injuries received in the line of duty


Mangham Louisiana Police Officer Marshall Waters was wounded during a traffic stop on the afternoon of Oct. 17. He was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he underwent surgery to attempt to repair his femoral artery. He has undergone three additional surgical procedures since that day.

Waters died as a result of his injuries early Thursday morning. He was 49.

In addition to working as a part-time police officer, Waters worked full-time as an emergency medical technician for the North Louisiana Ambulance Service and was assigned to their Rayville station.

Waters’ alleged assailant, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, 27, was taken into custody the day of the shooting in Franklin Parish. Semien is a suspect in the robbery of the Yancey Pharmacy in Rayville that took place the day of the shooting. The vehicle he was driving had also been reported as stolen.

Waters had stopped Semien near the Richland/Franklin Parish line after an advisory had been issued about the pharmacy robbery. Semien is alleged to have shot Waters as he was exiting his patrol vehicle, striking him in the abdomen below his protective vest.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Waters are pending at this time.

This case is under investigation by the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police.