JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – Jones County deputies said a Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker was shot at and threatened during a home visit. The incident happened on Pittman Road in southwestern Jones County on Thursday, May 5.

Authorities said the social worker was responding to a child welfare concern at the time of the incident. Bobby “A.J.” Louge, 21, allegedly fired shots at the social worker and verbally threatened her. She drove away from the scene to meet with deputies in Ellisville.

Louge was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was booked into the Jones County Adult Detention Facility.

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services released the following statement about the incident.

This is a tragic reminder that the work we do, protecting children in Mississippi, can be very dangerous. We know and understand this. This is our mission, and we do not take it lightly. Our agency’s concern is always the welfare of the child and the safety of our employees, but we cannot predict the actions of others and must always stay alert and aware of our surroundings. Even then, unfortunately, it is not always enough.

Child Welfare Specialists are encouraged to utilize each other and law enforcement when making visits that could potentially put them in dangerous situations.

Fortunately, the specialist was not physically harmed, and her supervisor and MDCPS Workforce Well-being staff are providing her with support.

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services