- Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, was rushed to hospital with five gunshot wounds
- Incredibly, married father suffered no brain damage and is in a stable condition
- Wheeler was shot after stopping a car around 2am on Saturday in Louisiana
- Amethyst Baird, 31, was arrested and charged with attempted murder
- Jeremy Gullette was also arrested and has been charged as an accessory
A 31-year-old woman has been arrested for shooting a Louisiana wildlife agent five times during traffic stop – including one shot to the temple.
Amethyst Baird, 31, is charged with attempted murder after she opened fire on Tyler Wheeler, 25, during the stop at around 2am on Saturday morning in the north east Louisiana parish of Morehouse.
Wheeler was rushed to hospital with five gunshot wounds including one to the temple and one the jaw.
Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, (right, with his wife Haley) was rushed to hospital with five gunshot wounds
Amethyst Baird, 31, (left) is charged with attempted murder after she opened fire on Wheeler, while Jeremy Gullette, 34, (right) was also arrested as an accessory after the fact
Doctors were concerned that he could have sustained life-changing brain injuries in the shooting. But Wheeler’s father Darren reports that his son is making a good recovery and that his doctor feels ‘very positive’ about his son’s condition.
He added that Tyler has good motion and his brain swelling has gone down.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released a statement on Sunday, saying: ‘Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Center after being shot in the line of duty.
‘We are encouraged by the hospital updates that say he is in stable condition and responsive to commands.’
Doctors were concerned that he could have sustained life-changing brain injuries in the shooting. But Wheeler’s (pictured with his wife) father Darren reports that his son is making a good recovery
Wheeler, of Monroe, who got married to his wife Haley (pictured) just last year, will have surgery on his jaw Sunday, according to his father
Wheeler, of Monroe, who got married to his wife Haley just last year, will have surgery on his jaw Sunday, according to his father.
Baird, 31, is being held at the Quachita Correctional Center on one count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, The Advocate reports.
Jeremy Gullette, 34, was also arrested as an accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder, State Police said in a news release.
‘I am very proud of the hard work and persistence of investigators to quickly identify and arrest these suspects,’ said State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson in the news release. ‘We continue to pray for Agent Wheeler as he recovers from this senseless assault.’
Early Sunday morning, Darren Wheeler, wrote on Facebook that his son’s vitals ‘are still good and stable. He is still following commands when asked every hour.’
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