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Louisiana Deputy Shot in Face While Directing School Traffic

April 16, 2015  | 

Deputy Burt Hazeltine (Photo: St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Burt Hazeltine (Photo: St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office)

A St. Charles Parish (La.) Sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday morning, with one bullet penetrating his lung, authorities said. He is in stable but guarded condition at LSU Interim Hospital in New Orleans.

Sheriff Greg Champagne identified the injured deputy as Burt Hazeltine, a "solid deputy" and corporal in the traffic division who has been with the department for 12 to 15 years. 

Hazeltine was shot in an "apparent ambush" Thursday (April 16) around 8:30 a.m. while directing traffic in a Paradis school zone, the Sheriff's Office said. He was rushed to the hospital in New Orleans and taken into surgery, NOLA.com reports.

Champagne said the deputy was shot in the face near his left eye, in his left elbow and in the right side of his chest. The bullet in his chest penetrated a lung. In addition, he has bleeding in his chest and a bullet lodged behind his eye, raising questions whether he will lose sight in it.

Champagne said a suspect is in custody. Authorities believe he pulled into a nearby convenience store and opened fire, shooting Hazeltine. They also believe the deputy returned fire.


Comments (11)

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kevCopAz @ 4/16/2015 4:32 PM

wow, now we even get shot while directing school traffic!. God Bless the deputy we wish him well.

LT @ 4/16/2015 5:21 PM

Hang in there brother. Don't let the POS that did this get any satisfaction of taking you out of service. Praying for you.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/16/2015 5:30 PM

Deputy Hazeltine you were indeed ambushed, no question about it! Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. I hope that they throw the book at the cowardly SOB that shot you. The idiotic moron will probably try to use insanity as a defense. But it seems that there is something more at play here: Terrorism

bob retired leo @ 4/16/2015 10:24 PM

I wish Deputy Parish a speedy recovery and the best to his family. Appears this doesn't make national headlines but some scum liberal freak in Gainesville, FL. who gave the deputy the finger and bitched about being pulled over by a TANK...which was nothing more then an armored transport makes internet and media TV headlines. I think there was a court ruling that a cop cant arrest you for cursing at him or giving him the finger. Yet you give a judge the finger and your in contempt and get jailed. Double standard,

Kojack58 @ 4/17/2015 7:12 AM

As a retired officer I hope you take this guy to the death penalty. I hope deputy Hazeltine gets better fast. This suspect was coward and deserves a cowards death. Stay safe and take care.

reglaw @ 4/17/2015 7:37 AM

Actually, bob retired leo, for the record, it was first reported in the Times-Picayune, picked up by AP, and got coverage by a large number of news outlets, including--based on a quick search--ABC, CBS, Huffington, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fox locals, and many more. BTW, the perp was a disgruntled former TSA employee, apparently, fired a couple of years ago.

reglaw @ 4/17/2015 7:38 AM

Best wishes for a good recovery for Deputy Hazeltine.

reg1266 @ 4/17/2015 7:49 AM

Actually, bob retired leo, for the record, the story was reported by the Times-Picayune, picked up by AP, and then carried by a large number of news outlets, including ABC, CBS, Huffington, the Washington Post, the New York Times, some Fox affiliates, etc. BTW, the perp is reported to be a disgruntled former TSA employee, who was fired a couple of years ago.

Best wishes to Deputy Hazeltine for a good recovery!

Ret. LE. @ 4/17/2015 11:26 AM

Hoping and praying for our fellow brother in arms for a full, complete and healthy recovery. My prayers also go out to the family. What a low down shame. Shooting an officer while directing traffic in a school zone, and the POS was ticked off because the officer wouldn't allow him (and everyone else) to make a left hand turn. UNBELIEVABLE ! ! !

J. B. Keylor, Sgt (ret) @ 4/17/2015 3:58 PM

prayers for you, your family and your Brother officers.... Get well, quickly and completely!

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/20/2015 4:30 AM

My prayers to Deputy Hazeltine and a speedy recovery. I hope he is able to recover his sight.

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