A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent was found dead Friday morning in West Feliciana Parish, a news release says.

The body of Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, of Zachary, was found by local fishermen at the old ferry landing near the banks of the Mississippi River just outside of St. Francisville at daybreak, the release says.

West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office deputies were the first on the scene and found Stuckey with a shotgun wound to his chest next to his patrol vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office notified the Wildlife and Fisheries department at 7 a.m.

“Our hearts go out to the Sgt. Stuckey family and his extended family of fellow agents will be there to help them through this tough time,” Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, said in the news release.

According to Wildlife and Fisheries dispatch, Stuckey’s last known communication with the department was at 2:15 a.m. identifying that he was responding to a night hunting complaint.

Stuckey had been with the LDWF Enforcement Division for 18 years. The cause of his death is under investigation. His body was turned over to the West Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office.