A 49-year-old Edgard man was shot in the leg by a St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputy Wednesday after allegedly charging at the officer while holding what appeared to be a handgun, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of John Pierre Street at 5:51 a.m. Wednesday after a woman called 911 to say that Kirk Bovie was high on drugs and had punched her in the face, pushed her niece and broke a window in her trailer.

When deputies arrived, Bovie allegedly fled to a wooded area. Soon after, they found him in a sugarcane field holding what looked like a weapon, Sheriff Mike Tregre said. Deputies ordered Bovie to put the handgun down, but he refused and instead charged at a one of the deputies, Tregre said.

Bovie allegedly grabbed at the gun of one deputy, Arthur Ponder, who then fired at Bovie twice, hitting him once in the leg. Bovie’s purported handgun turned out to be a pellet gun with the orange safety tip removed, Tregre said. He was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.

Ponder, who has worked at the sheriff’s office for more than three years, was put on a leave of absence while authorities investigate the incident, a move that Tregre described as standard procedure.

After he is released from the hospital, Bovie will be arrested and, pending the investigation’s outcome, booked accordingly, Tregre said.