Juvenile Officer Hurt was shot and killed as he and another officer were searching for students who were playing hooky from school. They were searching a wooded area near a high school when a 17 year-old student shot him once with a .22 caliber pistol. The suspect was apprehended the next day.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.
Deputy Hurt had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for 17 months and was survived by his wife and three children.