May 25, 2022  |  04:29 am

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy has been shot and has been transported to an area hospital.

The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for residents to please pray for the deputy as well as for the safety of all law enforcement.

The deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 21 and Highway 1083 in Waldheim after a suspected business burglary had been reported in the area. The deputy approached an individual who he observed walking in the area, and when he got out of his unit the individual fired a weapon, striking the deputy.

Deputies currently have an individual in custody, and no additional information is being released at this time.