Sheriff Mike Tregre says it started with a call of a disturbance just before 6:00am.
"Deputies responded to the 100 block of John Pierre Street in Edgard," the sheriff said. "The complainant told 911 operators that Kirk Bovie, 49, of John Pierre Street pushed down her niece, punched the complainant in the face, and broke a window on her trailer. The complainant also told operators that Bovie had been smoking illegal narcotics."
He says when police got to the scene, the suspect ran away.
"Approximately 18 minutes later, deputies located Bovie in a sugarcane field holding what appeared to be a handgun. With weapons drawn, deputies ordered Bovie to put down the weapon. He refused to put down the weapon and charged a deputy. Bovie grabbed the deputy's weapon, and the deputy fired two shots striking Bovie once in the upper leg."
Tregre says after shooting Bovie, deputies found the gun the suspect had been holding.
"The weapon was identified as an air soft pistol with the orange tip removed. An air soft pistol has an orange tip so it is not mistaken as an actual firearm," according to the sheriff.
He says Bovie was alert and conscious on the scene and paramedics took him to University Hospital.
The deputy who shot him is off the street for now.
"As standard procedure, the deputy involved in the shooting, Deputy Arthur Ponder, was given a leave of absence until the conclusion of the investigation."
Trege says when Bovie is released from the hospital he will be arrested... again.
"Bovie was arrested 7 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since July 1991 and booked with charges that included disturbing the peace and battery," according to the sheriff.