A day after he allegedly opened fire on a St. Charles Parish deputy in an apparent ambush, a judge ordered that John Paul Devillier be held in jail on attempted murder charges in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Devillier’s first appearance before 29th Judicial District Judge Emile St. Pierre was brief Friday morning, with the 58-year-old Gulfport man speaking via video connection. Devillier has been charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, two counts of battery on a police officer and one count of resisting an officer by force.
Meanwhile, the deputy Devillier is accused of shooting, Cpl. Burt Hazeltine, is recuperating at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans. Hazeltine was shot three times while he was directing school traffic in Paradis Thursday morning. Police said Devillier became enraged after Hazeltine refused to stop traffic for him.
Devillier spoke in a thin voice to the judge. St. Pierre said he would appoint an indigent defense attorney to represent Devillier, who was fired from his job at the Transportation Security Administration in 2013 for what Sheriff Greg Champagne described as “conduct unbecoming.”
Devillier’s next hearing is set for May 19.