Nick Tullier, deputy wounded in 2016 ambush that killed three officers, dies after years of complications.
Nick Tullier, a sheriff’s deputy who was wounded in a 2016 ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has died.
Tullier, 47, was gravely injured six years ago and has spent the entire time in the hospital. His family recently stated that his health had deteriorated and that physicians were unsure how much time he had left.
His demise was revealed by his family on a Facebook page devoted to updates on his condition on Thursday morning.
Tullier was shot on July 17, 2016, two days after Alton Sterling was slain by Baton Rouge police. A shooter began shooting at a convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, and the attacker, who was armed with an assault rifle, fired six cops within 13 minutes.
Three cops were murdered and three others were injured in the attack. A SWAT officer shot and killed the shooter.
Tullier, a nearly two-decade veteran of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was given 24 hours to live.
But he continued to prove everyone incorrect.
For the following six years, he fought for his life, overcoming complication after complication.
Tullier was hospitalized in a local hospital in November 2021 after feeling stomach pain. He got a CT scan, which revealed he had an intestinal obstruction, but he subsequently needed emergency surgery after an IV filled his arm with fluid.
The operation for his intestines was postponed by a week, but physicians stated it was impossible to entirely resolve the problem owing to the injuries he incurred during the shooting.
Tullier’s condition deteriorated despite the operation since he was unable to eat and had to get fluids and vitamins through an IV. He also stopped talking to physicians, relatives, and friends.
Tullier’s father James posted a devastating update a few days before his death. He’s fighting for his life again, as he has been since he was shot. Doctors believe there is nothing extra they can do than what is currently being done. He’s puffy. His stomach is swollen. The bloodwork shows no evidence of improvement. He added it was presently an issue of “when” for his child.
Tullier’s death was confirmed by his family on May 5.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux in a statement stated, he is sorry to learn of the death of a real hero, Cpl. Nick Tullier. Nick’s injuries were caused by his selfless acts in courageously answering the call to guard and serve. He has no doubt that he was also immensely carried by his family’s, friends’, and colleagues’ love, prayers, and faith. It’s easy to understand how Nick grew to be such an excellent guy after witnessing his parents, James and Mary, nobly and selflessly commit their life to Nick’s rehabilitation.
The mayor of Baton Rouge has expressed sympathy and ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick Tullier’s friends, family, and loved ones. Thank you for your wonderful service Mr. Nick Tullier.
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