SWARTZ, LA (WAFB) - An agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is in serious condition after getting shot and the suspected shooter was taken into custody following a search that lasted more than three hours.
LDWF reported Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot in the lower back during a traffic stop Thursday evening in Ouachita Parish. Luke Hust, 29, of Monroe, was arrested following the shooting. Hust was booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Authorities said Bullitt and another agent pulled over a vehicle around 6:40 p.m. Bullitt believed the people inside were impaired and as he made his way back to his vehicle, he was shot in the lower back. Investigators think Hust, a passenger in the stopped vehicle, was the shooter. The other agent then returned fire.
Officials said the agent detained the driver, but the suspected shooter ran into the woods. Deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene a short time later and drove Bullitt to a hospital in Monroe. The driver was questioned, but has not been charged.
The LDWF, OPSO, Monroe Police Department and US Customs and Border Protection searched the area for the suspect. Hust was captured in Monroe around 11 p.m.
"We are praying for the well-being of Sgt. Bullitt and his family," Robert Barham, secretary of LDWF, said in a written release. "Also want to give thanks to everyone that helped locate this fugitive so that justice can be served."
Louisiana State Police will lead the investigation of the shooting.
"This is a sad day for all wildlife and fisheries agents in the country," said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Our agents travel into remote areas patrolling public lands often and it can be a very dangerous task as we saw tonight. My thoughts at this time are with Sgt. Bullitt and his family and also the brave men and women that contributed to catching the shooter."
Bullitt has been an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for five years. He recently received the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission DWI Award.