A benefit fund has been set up for the St. Charles Parish deputy who authorities say was shot by a Navy veteran and former Transportation Security Administration agent while directing traffic Thursday morning in Paradis.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Charles Fraternal Order of Police No. 15 have joined to establish the fund for Cpl. Burt Hazeltine through the Louisiana FOP Foundation.
All donations, which are tax-deductible, will go to Hazeltine, who was in “stable but guarded condition” at Interim LSU Hospital as of Saturday morning, according to Capt. Patrick Yoes, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
“The greatest concern appears to be his eyesight of his left eye,” Yoes said in an email.
Hazeltine was shot multiple times in what authorities called an ambush while directing traffic on U.S. 90. He underwent surgery Friday to stanch bleeding in his chest, authorities said.
The man arrested in the shooting, 58-year-old John Paul DeVillier, was booked on one count of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of battery of a police officer and one count of resisting an officer by force. A judge set $1 million bail for him on Friday.
Police said DeVillier “ambushed” Hazeltine after becoming enraged when the deputy would not let him through traffic quickly enough. Two weapons were recovered from DeVillier after he was subdued, authorities said.
Just prior to the attack, DeVillier, of Gulfport, Mississippi, called the Sheriff’s Office, claiming to be a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent.
Yoes asked that those interested in assisting Hazeltine consider making donations to his benefit fund online.
“Please keep Cpl. Hazeltine and his family in your prayers,” he added.