Homeowner recalls tense moments when deputy was shot
DONALDSONVILLE - A woman helped a deputy in her home after he was shot Tuesday.
Deputy James Atkins, a five-year veteran of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, was shot in the hand while pulling over three out-of-towners wanted for shoplifting. When he tried to stop the car, one of them fired.
"Pow! Then I look out and I heard 'pow, pow' again. Three shots," said the homeowner, Barbara.
The woman was behind her house Tuesday afternoon when she heard gunshots. Soon after, a man, later identified as Deputy Atkins, was running between houses right toward her.
"He asked me to call 911," said Barbara. "I was so nervous I couldn't get the numbers straight."
Atkins left a trail of blood.
Two deputies soon arrived to help. It's something Barbara has never seen before.
"It was so close," she said. "And I don't know, just was nervous, very nervous."
The deputy is expected to make a full recovery.