A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent was reported in stable condition Sunday (Jan. 8) after being shot in Morehouse Parish. The agency said in a Facebook post that senior agent Tyler Wheeler was responding to commands at the intensive care unit of LSU Health’s Shreveport trauma center.
Wheeler was shot Saturday during a traffic stop along Louisiana 165 near Perryville. His father, Darren Wheeler, said in a separate Facebook post that his son had five wounds: two in the arm and one each in the shoulder, jaw and left temple.
The agency said Wheeler had stopped a southbound vehicle around 2:06 a.m. when he was shot. A second wildlife and fisheries agent arrived about 10 minutes later and found Wheeler on the ground. First responders stabilized Wheeler at the scene before he was airlifted to the Shreveport hospital.
Morehouse Parish authorities arrested a man and a woman. Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, Jeremy Gullette, 34, of Monroe with being an accessory after the fact to attempted first degree murder.
Wheeler, 25, is based in Monroe and has worked for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for 21/2 years. He is married with one child.
Darren Wheeler said doctors described the trajectory of one of the bullets that hit his son as having “traveled around the skull,” barely missing the brain. Doctors have removed part of Wheeler’s skull, his father said.
His Facebook post added: “It is a wait and see game now, but all is positive so far because Tyler is a fighter.”