CRIME

Louisiana deputy shot while directing school zone traffic; sheriff calls it an apparent ambush

  • This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was shot by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was shot by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine posing for a photograph with school children, in La. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday morning, April 16, 2015, when he was shot three times by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine posing for a photograph with school children, in La. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday morning, April 16, 2015, when he was shot three times by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana has been shot multiple times while directing traffic in a school zone.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says the shooting Thursday morning was apparently an ambush. It happened on U.S. Highway 90 near Louisiana Street in Paradis (PAR'-uh-dee), just west of New Orleans. The deputy was not identified.

Champagne says a suspect is in custody.

Champagne says the deputy is in stable but guarded condition.