31-year-old Amethyst Baird has been charged with attempted murder after shooting 25-year-old Tyler Wheeler during a traffic stop at 2:00 AM on Saturday morning. Baird shot the Louisiana wildlife agent five times, including once in the temple.
In addition to being shot in the temple, Wheeler was also shot in the jaw, so when he arrived at the hospital, doctors' concerns were that he may have sustained life-changing brain injuries. Luckily, Wheeler's father Darren said that his son is recovering from the terrible incident and his doctors feel "very positive" about his condition, noting the his son has good motion and his brain swelling has gone down.
According to a statement released by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, "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."
Baird is being held at Quachita Correctional Center and faces charges of one count of attempted first-degree murder.
34-year-old Jeremy Gullette was also arrested in connection to the incident and faces charges of beings an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said in a press release, "I am very proud of the hard work and persistence of investigators to quickly identify and arrest these suspects," adding, "We continue to pray for Agent Wheeler as he recovers from this senseless assault."
Darren's most recent update came in the form of a Facebook post in which he said his son's vitals "are still good and stable. He is still following commands when asked every hour."0comments
[H/T Daily Mail]