The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in the line of duty in January reported to work Monday, seven-and-a-half months after he was critically injured by a motorist at a traffic stop.
Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, was shot four times, including once in the head and once in the back when he pulled over a vehicle on Highway 165 between Sterling and Bastrop just after 2 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 7.
During the stop, a woman inside the vehicle – later identified as 31-year-old Amethyst Baird of Monroe – pulled out a gun and opened fire on Wheeler.
Tyler took four bullets, including one in the head and one in the back; he was airlifted to University Health in Shreveport in critical condition, where he and medical personnel fought valiantly for his life through multiple surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy.
“Tyler Wheeler is an extraordinary young man with a faith and will to live that I have been blessed to witness, said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “His courage and determination to return to work after surviving a life-threatening attack, typifies what it means to be a law enforcement officer.”
Wheeler’s first day back in uniform was August 4 and he went through a week of in-service training before beginning his first week of patrol duties Monday.