Man accused of shooting deputy bonds out of jail

John Paul Devillier, charged with attempted first-degree murder after allegedly shooting a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s deputy in April of last year, has been released on $750,000 bond.

Devillier, 59, a native of St. Charles Parish, was arrested at the scene where Cpl. Burt Hazeltine had been shot while directing school traffic.

In July, Devillier’s trial was delayed to Dec. 5 and his bond reduced from $1 million to $750,000 by Judge Emile St. Pierre. Devillier’s bond was reduced with the condition that if released he would be subject to house arrest and must live with a family member in St. Charles Parish.

Hazeltine, who survived being shot multiple times, said he was aware of the release in a Facebook post.

“In the next couple of days you may see news about my case,” Hazeltine states. “The shooter has made bond and is being released on house arrest. We ask that you be kind in your words toward him and his family. We are dealing with this news as best we can and believing that all things work for good on our behalf and everyone’s really. Please keep us in your prayers as we deal with this latest development.”

Devillier allegedly shot Hazeltine because he was upset that the deputy did not stop traffic to let him turn.

After arguing with Hazeltine, Devillier left the parking lot and went to his father’s house, where he called the Sheriff’s Office and told the chief deputy that he was an NCIS agent. He demanded the sheriff come to the parking lot.

Devillier then reportedly returned to the scene of the argument to find Hazeltine. He summoned Hazeltine to approach his vehicle—the deputy noticed a weapon on the dashboard and drew his gun, demanding Devillier show his hands.

Devillier then produced a second weapon, firing several shots from that gun through the windshield at the deputy, according to the police report.


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