Michelle Southern reporting.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's office says a deputy directing traffic at a school crossing in Paradis was shot multiple times in an apparent ambush. Captain Pat Yoes says the victim was helping buses make their way off of Highway 90 around 8:50 Thursday morning when the incident took place.
The deputy is identified as 36-year-old Corporal Burt Hazeltine, a married father of four.
"It was an apparent ambush from an individual sitting in a pickup truck at the TimeSaver," said Yoes. "He was shot multiple times."
Yoes says a passerby drug the deputy behind the police car to safety. He says when other deputies arrived the suspect dropped the gun.
"We were able to apprehend the perpetrator and the deputy was rushed to University Hospital," said Yoes.
Authorities say the deputy is currently in stable by guarded condition.
Yoes says there was an exchange of gunfire and the suspect's vehicle was hit several times, but there are no other injuries in this incident. He says the shooting appears to be completely unprovoked.
"The deputy was just directing traffic and helping buses off the roadway."
More details will be released as they become available.