The purposes of the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association, a non-profit corporation, include: Foster, protect and promote the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned wildlife enforcement agents, active or retired. Encourage and promote the constant improvement of public service rendered by the Division of Enforcement, Department of Wildlife
Authorities saved a three year old boy from drowning in a swimming pool at a residence on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish on May 10.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents Lt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. were on vessel patrol around 5 p.m. on the Diversion Canal when they were flagged down by a woman from a dock near her residence on Home Port Road. The woman told them that a three year old boy was found face down in her pool a few minutes ago.
Senior Agent Marques Jr. raced to the pool about 25 yards from the dock and found the child lying on the ground next to the pool not breathing. Marques Jr. put his hand on the child’s chest and felt the heart beating. He then cleared the airway of the child by performing the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver. The child then let out a gasp of air that prompted Marques Jr. to lay the child on his side to promote more breathing.
While Marques Jr. was performing first responder aid to the child, Lt. Burnett was radioing for paramedics to the scene and securing the vessel.
Marques Jr. and Lt. Burnett were able to keep the child breathing until some volunteers from the Fifth Ward Fire Department showed up with oxygen for the child. The LDWF agents and Fire Department personnel were able to keep the child breathing on oxygen until Acadian Ambulance paramedics arrived shortly thereafter. The child was then airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. The child was admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and is expected to make a full recovery.
“Everybody involved did a great job to keep this child alive,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “Senior Agent Marques’ efforts were heroic and the fact he acted so quickly probably saved the child’s life.”
All LDWF agents are trained and certified in first responder training which includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) every year.
According to an adult male, he turned his back on the child briefly while gathering some fishing poles. When he was finished he then found the child face down in the swimming pool and immediately retrieved the boy’s body. He then attempted CPR before Marques Jr. arrived on the scene.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent was shot in the line of duty while on patrol on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish.
Around 6:40 p.m. Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, along with another agent stopped a vehicle at the end of Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch. Sgt. Bullitt believed the occupants of the vehicle to be impaired and proceeded to go back to the LDWF patrol vehicle.
While walking back to his vehicle, Sgt. Bullitt was shot in the lower back by the passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe. The other agent returned fire. Hust fled the scene into the woods. It is unknown if Hust was hit.
The unwounded agent was able to call for help and apprehend the driver of the vehicle, whom authorities don’t believe fired any shots at this time. The driver was subsequently brought in for questioning.
Around 7 p.m. the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene and were able to take Sgt. Bullitt to a local Monroe hospital where he is listed in serious condition.
The LDWF Enforcement Division, State Police, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe Police Dept., and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a perimeter and searched the area for Hust. At 11 p.m. authorities located and arrested Hust on Timber Lane Drive in Monroe.
“We are praying for the well-being of Sgt. Bullitt and his family,” said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham. “Also want to give thanks to everyone that helped locate this fugitive so that justice can be served.”
Sgt. Bullitt has been an LDWF agent for over five years and is married with no kids. He recently received the “Louisiana Highway Safety Commission DWI Award” presented on March 24. He was selected among statewide agents to receive this award due to his dedication and hard work to make Louisiana waterways and roadways safer for the traveling public by removing impaired drivers.
“This is a sad day for all wildlife and fisheries agents in the country,” said Col. 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.”
Louisiana State Police will be the lead investigative agency for this shooting incident.
An account has been set up at capital one for the public to go in and donate money if they choose. The account number is 2082509472
under Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association. If someone does not want to go in they can mail checks to
LWAA/ Sgt. Bullit
281 Lansdown Dr
Houma LA 70360
and we will make the deposit into the account. Scott's wife just started a new job and does not have any leave so any donations will help.
There will also be several Raffle tickets being sold throughout the state to help raise money. Contact your local region enforcement office for details on the raffle.
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