Two Arrested in Shooting of Louisiana Wildlife Officer

Agent survives multiple bullet wounds suffered during traffic stop

[UPDATE: Louisiana wildlife officer Tyler Wheeler has returned home after being shot five times, including in the jaw and temple, in the line of duty. After receiving treatment at a Shreveport hospoital, Wheeler entered a rehab facility in Mississippi and returned home Feb. 11.]

Jan. 10, 2017

Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Louisiana wildlife officer in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 7.

The shooting occured during a traffic stop on Highway 165 near Perryville, just northeast of Monroe. The officer, Tyler Wheeler, 25, received multiple bullet wounds but survived.

A woman, Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe, was booked on one count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, according to a state police report, and Jeremy Gullette, 34, also of Monroe, was also booked on one count of accessory after the fact to attempted first degree murder.

The pair was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center in Monroe at about 11:45 p.m., according to the report. No motive for the attack has been reported.

Wheeler, a senior agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, was shot five times -- twice in the arm, once in the upper shoulder, once in the jaw and once through his left temple.

He was stabilized at the scene by another wildlife officer who was nearby and responded to the scene, and then airlifted to a trauma center in Shreveport.

As of late Sunday, Wheeler was reported to be in stable condition.

Wheeler's father, Darren, said in Facebook posts that doctors described the bullet's trajectory as having "traveled around the skull" and missing the brain, as reported by NOLA.com. Doctors removed part of Wheeler's skull, his father said.  

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