The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent who was shot multiple times in Morehouse Parish is in stable condition. That was one announcement made by State Police Col. Mike Edmonson at a press conference this morning. Edmonson says it’s a miracle that 25-year-old Tyler Wheeler is doing so well, after being shot in the head, neck, and arm early Saturday morning.

“To hear that he’d given a thumbs up, that he can move his toes and he can move his fingers, that they were able to remove the blood clot from his brain brought a sense of calm to me that I knew God was in control,” Edmonson said.

Amethyst Baird (LSP Photo)
Amethyst Baird (LSP Photo)

Edmonson says Wheeler cannot speak yet, but they know when he can that the two and a half year LDWF veteran will have a lot to say. He says officials are still trying to figure out exactly what happened when Wheeler encountered 31-year-old Amethyst Baird of Monroe on the side of Highway 165.

“The Wildlife and Fisheries Captain that had gone out to the scene spoke today. He said they’re still trying to find out whether or not it was a traffic stop or he was assisting someone on the side of the road,” Edmonson said.

Baird has been arrested on one count of attempted first degree murder of a police officer, and 34-year-old Jeremy Gullette has been charged with accessory after the fact. Edmonson says the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible as the case unfolds.

“We have a lot of work to do. We believe there’s other information, other people out there that we certainly want to talk to and might be tied into this,” Edmonson said.

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