Assistant Chief Carl Borderlon Ball Police Department, Louisiana End of Watch: Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Assistant Chief Carl Borderlon

Ball Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Saturday, January 10, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 51
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: BL-3

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: January 10, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Nate Ussery
Ball Police Department
100 Municipal Drive
Ball, LA 71405
Phone: (318) 640-4673

Assistant Chief Carl Borderlon suffered a fatal heart attack inside of the police department’s headquarters building during the early morning hours after having changed a flat tire on his patrol car.
He was working the overnight shift when the flat occurred in front of the station. He went into the station after changing the tire and collapsed. His body was found at approximately 8:00 am.
Assistant Chief Borderlon had served with the Ball Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his two sons.

Longtime Ball Police officer Carl Bordelon died of an apparent heart attack while working his overnight shift, town officials said Saturday.

The body of Bordelon, 51, who rose from patrolman to assistant police chief in 20 years with the department was discovered inside Town Hall on Saturday morning. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, officials said.

Nate Ussery worked alongside Bordelon for 31/2 years as a patrolman before leaving the department. Ussery returned to Ball as police chief on Jan. 1.

“When I was here before, Carl was someone was always willing to help the new guys,” Ussery said. “He would help with our investigations or whatever was needed. He liked to help.”

Bordelon was assigned to the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. A family member saw him on patrol around 2:30 a.m.

“I tooted my horn at him and waved as I drove past,” said Danny Olds, a district manager in the circulation department of The Town Talk. “That’s the last time anyone saw him.”

Bordelon was scheduled to marry longtime girlfriend Alicia Leggett on March 28. Other survivors include two sons, Christopher and Jacob. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Rush Funeral Home in Pineville.

Bordelon received national attention when he stopped and questioned but did not arrest a man who turned out to be Richard McNair, a convicted murderer who had escaped from the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock on April 5, 2006. The entire encounter was captured by a video camera on Bordelon’s car. The video went viral on the Internet.

Ball officials steadfastly backed Bordelon in the wake of the controversy the release of the video caused, saying Ball officers did not have enough information on the escaped prisoner to identify the man stopped as McNair.

“The thing that people need to understand is that if Carl had not been so honest, that video never would have seen the light of day,” said one veteran of local law enforcement who asked not to be identified. “Carl volunteered the fact that there was a video.”

“I had not heard that story but that sounds like Carl,” Ussery said Saturday. “Carl was honest. He was going to be be honest with you, even if it got him in trouble. That’s just the way he was. Carl was honest.”

Bordelon served under four mayors and five police chiefs during his career at Ball.

“He was a fixture in this town,” Mayor Neil Kavanagh said Saturday. “Everyone knew him. Everyone loved him.”

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