A Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in the back Thursday in Ouachita Parish has been identified as Sgt. Scott Bullitt, a five-year veteran of the agency.
Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, remained in serious condition as of late Friday afternoon, officials said. He has been moved to a Shreveport hospital.
The accused gunman, Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe, was arrested around 11 p.m. Thursday after a brief search, said Adam Einck, a Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman.
The shooting happened around 6:40 p.m. on Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch in the Russell Sage wildlife management area during a routine traffic stop on a vehicle whose driver was suspected of impairment.
Einck said Bullitt, who at one point turned to go back to his automobile, was shot in the lower back by one of the two occupants of the stopped vehicle.
A fellow officer returned fire, but Hust fled into the woods, Einck said. The stopped automobile’s other occupant was questioned by police, but was not arrested, said State Police Troop F spokesman Michael Reichardt.
Bullitt was initially taken to a Monroe hospital, said Einck. According to LDWF’s website, Bullitt received an award in March for removing impaired drivers from Louisiana’s roads.