Officials say that a Jefferson Parish deputy remains in critical condition, but has showed vast improvement since wrecking his car en route to a reported home invasion early Tuesday morning.
Deputy Jaron Fountain, 25, remains in critical condition at University Hospital.
Officials say that Fountain was dispatched at 2:37 a.m. after receiving reports of a burglary in progress at Primrose Lane in Waggaman. Authorities say an elderly woman called 911 to report that five subjects had climbed into her home through her window and were refusing to leave.
It was later learned that the woman who called 911 had dementia, and there was no one in her home.
First-responding officers who arrived at the address on Primrose met with the woman reporting the home invasion, who told them that the subjects were in an upstairs bedroom. While searching the home, officers were told by an elderly man at the home that the female caller suffers from dementia and that the report was false. The officers completed their search and determined there were no signs of forced entry and no one else was in the home.
The roadways around the accident scene at the intersection of Live Oak Drive and Willswood will be closed for several hours.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office released the following statement:
"25 year-old Deputy Jaron Fountain remains in critical condition at University Hospital. Deputy Fountain joined the JPSO in September of 2010, where he was assigned to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. In April, Jaron was selected to attend JPSO Academy Recruit Class #49. Upon graduation in August of 2013 Deputy Fountain was assigned to the Third District Patrol Division."
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