The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Randall L. Benoit, 41, was pronounced dead this morning as a result of injuries he sustained in a head-on collision on Hwy. 27 (also known as Hwy. 1256) and Red Rose Dr. in Carlyss around 8:00 a.m. He was on duty at the time of the accident.

Deputy Benoit worked at the Sheriff's Office for 18 years in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives, Warrants, and Safe School Divisions. At the time of his death he was working in the Civil Division.

"Our hearts are heavy this morning with the passing of Randy," says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "He was a great asset to our department and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time."

Louisiana State Police is investigating the accident.