Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in back, airlifted to hospital


Police have named Luke Hust, 29, as the suspect who shot a Wildlife and Fisheries agent this evening in the Russel Sage Wildlife Management Area.

Tonight, around 6:40 p.m., two Wildlife and Fisheries Agents were making a routine stop when one of the agents believed the driver, Hust, was impaired.

The agent was walking back to his vehicle when officials say Hust fired at the agent with a hand gun. The agent was shot in the lower back.

The other agent returned fire, and the shooter ran into the woods. Officials believe the shooter was not hurt. The agent who fired his gun called for help and caught the passenger in suspect’s vehicle.

About 15 minutes later, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office got there and took the injured agent to St. Francis Hospital.

The agent remains in serious condition at this hour.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have established a perimeter in the area.

They say the suspect is armed and dangerous.

An anonymous source tells us the agent was shot in the left side. He is currently being assessed in an emergency room by a physician with a possible spinal cord injury. He is currently in critical, but stable condition



An agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was shot in the “northeast” part of the state, according to LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck. He believes it possibly happened in Ouachita Parish.

A reporter from KNOE-TV in Monroe was on the scene and says the agent was shot in the back. The agent is reported to have been conscious when he left the scene.

The Secretary of the LDWF, Robert Barham, told 9News the agent was airlifted to the University Health hospital in Shreveport. He says the agent had stopped someone in an area managed by the agency.

The name of the agent has not been released.

There is a search underway for a “person of interest.”

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