HAHNVILLE, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of shooting a St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputy heads to court.
A discovery hearing is set for 56-year-old John Paul Devillier. Devillier is accused of shooting Corp. Bert Hazeltine on April 16.
Investigators believe the suspect became enraged after Hazeltine, 36, refused to stop traffic for him while directing school traffic on Highway 90 in Paradis.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Capt. Pat Yoes calls the shooting an "apparent ambush."
The suspect allegedly called out to Hazeltine, who walked toward the suspect's truck parked nearby. 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, deputies say.
Devillier allegedly opened fire on Hazeltine, striking him three times. Following a brief shootout, a deputy and a passerby were able to catch Devillier, who had fled on foot into a ditch, according to St. Charles deputies.
Hazeltine has a wife and four children. He had been with the sheriff's department for nearly 15 years when he was shot. Hazeltine is still recovering from his injuries.
Devillier is currently being held on a $1 million bond. His hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.