Houston, Texas - East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier's fiance, Danielle Mcnicoll, posted an update on his condition.
For those unfamiliar with the details of the attack, on July 17th, six officers were ambushed by an anti-police terrorist at Hammond Aire Plaza, a shopping complex, just before 8:40 AM. The suspect scouted the area before police were called about a suspicious person carrying a rifle. Officers arrived on scene and within minutes were caught in a gun battle.
The suspect fired first, fatally wounding three officers. He shot one officer then wounded his partner who fell to the ground. A third officer came to the aid of the wounded officer and was shot multiple times during the attempt to help. All three died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
The suspect then turned and shot another officer then he moved to shoot two Sheriff’s Deputies who were investigating his car. Around 8:46 AM the SWAT Team responded and one officer took a shot from around 100 yards away, killing the suspect. The entire incident lasted under ten minutes.
Officer Montrell Jackson, 32 and Matthew Gerald, 41, both of the Baton Rouge Police Department, lost their life that day. Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office, also died from his injuries.
One officer wounded in the battle was East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, abdomen, and shoulder during the attack. Deputy Nick Tullier received four months of intensive treatment at Our Lady of the Lake before his family flew him to Houston for medical and rehabilitation treatment.
Progress since then has been very slow, with ups and downs.
For the latest update, I think it's best if you read it in Danielle's words:
I rarely post anything about my thoughts or feelings regarding July 17, 2016. I especially avoid sharing my negative emotions. Unless you are a very close friend of mine or very close relative, you will probably get a vague answer from me when you ask how we are doing.
This world, especially the Facebook world has enough negativity today without me contributing to it. However, today, I think it’s time.
I think everyone needs to know that our days aren’t always as smooth as I would like people to think. We are still very much hurting. Nick, more than any of us.
As most of you have read from Mr. James Tullier’s updates, you know that Nick’s exit wound has opened back up. It has SIGNIFICANTLY opened back up. Let me be clear with you that this wound has never healed. It has been over 9 months now since the shooting. As you know Nick was shot three times. Once in the head, once in the abdomen, and once in the shoulder.
The bullet in his abdomen tore through his intestines basically shredding anything it came into contact with. This has been our biggest battle in my opinion. He has had countless surgeries trying to repair the damage that has been done. A month or so will pass and we will think we are in the clear, but it will always rear its ugly head.
Until Wednesday, we thought we were making progress with this wound. Wound care team, or Nick's nurses will clean out the wound and pack it every day. Last week the wound was measuring 3 cm in depth. Yesterday, we measured the wound at 8.2 cm in depth.
I really want you to try to picture that. I want you to try to picture having a wound that deep in your side and having to suffer with that every day as medical staff has to shove packing inside your flesh.
Some days I will even see tears in his eyes and it absolutely infuriates me while my heart is breaking for him. I know myself, as well as Nick’s parents have all wished that we could take this from him. We would all trade places with him in a heartbeat if we could. We have even prayed that God would grant that wish that Nick would have never had to go through any of this.
Nick is a far better, far stronger person than I could ever dream of being. We try so hard not to be angry. I have Montrell’s words echoing in my ears “don’t let hate infect your heart”. But when I see these holes in Nicks body, and I remember how they got there, I can’t help but be filled with anger and hatred that someone could do this to these men.
Please, I beg of you do not stop praying for Nick. Prayers are truly the reason that he is still here and fighting for his life back every day.
I ask that you continue to pray for the wives of the fallen officers as well as Bruce Simmons. So many lives were forever changed that day.
Though we continue to move forward every day, Nick still has a very very long road ahead. I've attached [above] a picture of a q-tip used to pack his wound. This q-tip was used Thursday to measure. It's deeper now.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Deputy Nick Tullier. His family has said that prayer is the only thing which has gotten them this far and they are asking for more. Please spread the word to anybody who may pray for this wounded hero.