A veteran wildlife agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was shot in the chest with a shotgun and killed in the early morning hours on Friday. 47 year old Sergeant Paul Stuckey, of Zachary, was found around 7am on Friday in West Feliciana Parish, near the bank of the Mississippi River.
Stuckey was apparently tracking down a complaint about illegal hunting in the woods near the Mississippi River, according to investigators.
At about 2:15 AM, investigators say the last radio traffic that dispatchers received from Stuckey was when he was responding to a report of illegal hunting.
State police investigators say that have no suspects as of Friday.
Shortly before 7:00 a.m., a pair of fishermen discovered Stuckey’s body on the ground next to his patrol vehicle. Stuckey had what appeared to be a shotgun wound to his chest.
Lt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, said there were definite signs that Stuckey was in the middle of surveillance. His binoculars were on the truck’s dashboard and his lights were off so the inside of his truck would not be seen. He had also filled out his patrol log.
West Feliciana Sheriff Austin Daniel said the coroner indicated that Stuckey probably was shot and killed sometime after 2:15 a.m., perhaps around daybreak.
“It didn’t look like a scuffle had taken place,” Daniel said. He said it appeared Stuckey had been struck by a shot from close range.
Stuckey was an 18-year department veteran and had a wife and three children.
An autopsy will be performed and the case remains under investigation.