ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy shot multiple times in an "apparent ambush" has been released from the hospital.
Corp. Bert Hazeltine, 36, was released from the hospital on Tuesday. He will continue recovery at his home.
Hazeltine was shot in the face, arm and chest. Following extensive surgery last week, doctors feared Hazeltine might lose his eyesight. Officials say this may no longer be the case.
"They're confident that they will be able to save his eye. There were some tears from the bullet fragment," St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said.
The man accused of shooting Hazeltine is being held in jail on a $1 million bond. Jean Paul Devillier, 56, has been identified by the Sheriff's Office as the shooter. The sheriff said he is a native of St. Charles Parish but was living in a hotel room in Gulfport, Miss.
The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. on April 16 near the intersection of Louisiana Street and Highway 90 in Paradis. Hazeltine was directing traffic in a school zone at the time.
Deputies say that Devillier called out to Hazeltine. As the officer walked closer to the truck, he saw a gun on the dashboard, drew his service weapon and demanded that the suspect show his hands.
Devillier allegedly opened fire on Hazeltine, striking him multiple times. Following a brief shootout, a deputy and a passerby were able to catch Devillier, who had fled on foot into a ditch.
Hazeltine has a wife and four children. He has been with the sheriff's department for about 15 years, where he currently serves in the traffic division.