Update on deputy shot in south Monroe

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OUACHITA PARISH, La, (KNOE) - New details are emerging on the deputy who was shot Saturday night.

He's part of the special crimes apprehension team, also known as SCAT that patrols tough neighborhoods.

In the neighborhood where the shooting happened, Jimmy Mitchell is considering moving.

Mitchell says one of the reasons is because of the rise in crime. He says after he heard about the deputy shooting on Saturday, it made him want to move even more.

"Just hearing gunshots all day, almost every day, it's just tiring," says Mitchell.

Mitchell says he has a lot of questions after the shooting.

"I didn't know what the call was on,” Mitchell says. “I didn't know if it was a backup officer. I didn't know if it was just an officer on duty that normally makes his rounds over there."

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says SCAT was called after one deputy was responding to a different case in the area when he heard gunshots. Once deputies arrived, investigators say somebody from a nearby crowd shot at a scat deputy.

"Fortunately the deputy had his ballistic vest on,” said Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell on Saturday. “The bullet did not penetrate that, and it stopped the bullet. The bullet landed behind him. He is okay. When I spoke with him, he was doing fine. I think he was going into an x-ray just to make sure, but I think he'll be fine."

Mitchell and others in the area say this shouldn't have happened because he was just doing his job.

"It's always sad to see anybody getting shot, injured, possibly losing their life, especially when they're just simply doing their job or they're just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mitchell says.

"I'm glad he's safe and going back home with his family," Lindsay Moorehead says.

Moorehead has lived on the south side of Monroe for 53 years. He says crime has increased since then.

Some neighbors say deputies should patrol the area more. Others say the public has to work with deputies to make the streets safer.

We did get more details about how deputies patrol the parish. There are seven zones in the parish. Each zone has three to four patrolling deputies. Also patrolling in the zones are shift supervisors, canine deputies, scat, and investigators.

The Sheriff's Office has not told us how many deputies were patrolling the zone where the shooting happened.

Investigators have not released the name of the deputy.