HAHNVILLE, LA (WVUE) - John Paul Devillier, the man accused of shooting a St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy in an 'ambush,' has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of an officer, battery on an officer and resisting an officer by force.
He is being held in jail on a $1 million bond.
Devillier appeared in the St. Charles Parish Courthouse in Hahnville by video conference from jail.
Investigators believe road rage sparked the shooting of Corporal Burt Hazeltine. Hazeltine was shot in the face, chest and arm. Surgeons performed an operation Thursday night to try and remove a bullet lodged in the officer's skull.
He is at University Hospital in stable, but guarded condition.
Devillier, 58, allegedly shot Hazeltine as he was directing traffic in a school zone at the corner of Highway 90 and Louisiana Street in Paradis. Hazletine was able to return fire, but missed Devillier.
Officers and a passerby were able to subdue Devillier, according to investigators.
The sheriff's office and St.Charles Fraternal Order of Police have joined together to establish a benefit fund for Hazeltine through the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and all money will be given to Hazeltine.
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