Deputy improving after shooting; benefit set for Thursday

Deputy Burt Hazeltine (Photo: SPSO)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A south Louisiana sheriff’s deputy wounded by gunfire last week is showing signs of improvement.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says Cpl. Burt Hazeltine was able to walk a bit over the weekend. He was scheduled for more surgery after being shot in the face, chest and elbow on Thursday.

Fifty-eight-year-old John Paul Devillier is being held on $1 million bond after being booked with attempted first-degree murder. Authorities say they believe Devillier became enraged after the deputy refused to stop traffic for him on busy U.S. Highway 90. Hazeltine was working a school traffic detail that day.

Hazeltine, who has a wife and four children, is hospitalized in New Orleans. The St. Charles Sheriff’s Office is hosting a benefit for his family Thursday in Destrehan.

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