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WAGGAMAN, La. -- A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy is in critical condition Tuesday morning after he crashed into a ditch responding to a call of a home burglary.

According to Sheriff Newell Normand, at 2:37 a.m., Third District deputies were dispatched to a residence burglary on Primrose Lane in Waggaman.

An elderly female called 911 to report that 5 subjects climbed into her home through her window and were refusing to leave.

While responding to the call, 25-year-old Deputy Jarone Fountain was traveling westbound on Live Oak when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and landed in a ditch, approximately 100 yards west of Willswood Drive in Waggaman.

Deputy Fountain was transported to University Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Police say the roadways around the intersection of Live Oak Drive and Willswood Drive will be closed for several hours.

In regards to the 911 call on Primrose Lane, the first responding deputies who arrived at the address on Primrose met with the female who told them the subjects were in an upstairs bedroom.

While conducting a search of the home, JPSO deputies were told by an elderly male who was also in the home, that the female caller suffers from dementia and there was no one in their home.

The deupties completed their search and determined there were no signs of forced entry and no one else was in the home.

Deputy Fountain joined the sheriff's office in September 2010, woring at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. In April, he was selected to attend the JPSO Academy Recruit Class, and in August he graduated and was assigned to the Third District Patrol Division.

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