JPSO Deputy in Critical Condition After Morning Accident

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JEFFERSON PARISH (WGNO) – A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy involved in a single car crash Tuesday morning remains in critical condition, JPSO said.

The deputy has been identified as 25-year-old Jaron Fountain.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputy Fountain lost control of his patrol car on Live Oak Drive and landed in a ditch around 2:40 a.m. He was responding to an emergency call in Waggaman where an elderly woman said five people broke into her home and refused to leave.

The 911 call was determined to be a false alarm. John Fortunato, JPSO’s public information officer, told WGNO, the woman who made the call has dementia.

The Sheriff’s Office closed the intersection of Live Oak Drive and Willswood Lane for several hours while investigating the crash.

Deputy Fountain joined the JPSO in September of 2010, where he was assigned to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. He graduated in August and was assigned to the 3rd Patrol District on the West Bank.