EDGARD, La. - A deputy in a struggle with a suspect over a weapon fired twice and hit the suspect in the leg, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's office.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said deputies were called to the 100 block of John Pierre Street just before 6 a.m. in regards to a disturbance.

Tregre said that a caller to 911 complained that a man identified as 49-year-old Kirk Bovie had knocked down her niece, punched her in the face and broke a window to her trailer.

When deputies arrived, Tregre said Bovie ran into the woods. Deputies located him in a sugar cane field and Tregre said he appeared to have a weapon.

At that point, deputies alleged that Bovie charged them and grabbed a gun from one of the deputies. During a struggle over the gun, the deputy fired twice, hitting Bovie in the leg.

Tregre said that upon inspection, Bovie was carrying an air soft pistol with its orange tip removed. He explained that an air soft pistol has the orange tip so it isn't mistaken for a real firearm.

Bovie was alert and conscious on the scene; he was transported to University Hospital for treatment. No one else was injured.

The deputy involved in the shooting, Deputy Arthur Ponder, was given a leave of absence until the conclusion of the investigation as per policy. Ponder has over three years of service with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, and he has been assigned to the Criminal Patrol Division since May 2013.

Upon his medical release, Kirk Bovie will be arrested, and pending the outcome of the investigation, he will be booked accordingly.

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