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A St. Charles Parish deputy sheriff was shot in an “apparent ambush” Thursday morning (April 16) while directing traffic in a Paradis school zone, the Sheriff’s Office said. The deputy was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans, but his condition was not immediately known.
A suspect was arrested, but authorities did not release any information about the person.
The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was shot while directing traffic on U.S. 90 near Louisiana Street, at about 8:30 a.m. Nearby R.J. Vial Elementary and J.B. Martin Middle School were locked down until about 10 a.m.
One witness said the shooter and deputy were involved in a “heat argument” before gunfire rang out, the St. Charles Herald reported.
The shooter open fire from a gray truck, according to the newspaper.
“The guy just opened fire and hit the deputy multiple times,” Capt Pat Yoes told the paper.
NOLA.com’s news partners at WVUE FOX 8 reported that an ambulance from St. Charles Parish arrived at University Hospital’s emergency room around 9:20 a.m.
Traffic on the four-lane U.S. 90 was reduced to two lanes in Paradis, and motorists were encouraged to take other routes.