Heroic Nurse Stopped To Help Trooper After He Was Shot In Face

Registered Nurse Sherice Richardson didn't hesitate when she drove up on the aftermath of the attack.

Elm City, NC – Law enforcement officers across the nation have been extending their gratitude to an off-duty nurse who pulled over to help a state trooper after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop on Monday.

Sherice Richardson, 28, said that her own brother was murdered in 2015, and that his attacker left him to die alone in the street, WRAL reported.

She wasn’t about to let the same thing happen to North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) Trooper Daniel Harrell.

Trooper Harrell was critically wounded at approximately 5:15 p.m., after he pulled over a vehicle for a towing violation on Haynes Road, The Wilson Times reported.

He had just finished gathering information on the vehicle occupants – John David Jones, 36, Bryan Mullins, 25, and William Boswell, 40 – when Jones announced that he was “not going back to jail,” Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodward told the paper.

Jones suddenly opened fire, hitting Trooper Harrell in the face at least twice, Sheriff Woodward said.

Despite his gunshot wounds, Trooper Harrell ran back to his patrol vehicle and began pursuing the fleeing suspects.

The suspect vehicle eventually turned around and sped towards the trooper’s oncoming cruiser, slamming into it head-on.

One suspect remained at the scene and surrendered immediately, but Jones and one of his accomplices took off.

Just moments after the crash, Richardson happened to be driving by the scene of the collision on her way to get her 1-year-old daughter from daycare, WRAL reported.

“I was coming around the curve. I saw some blue lights, and so I slowed down and saw smoke coming from the vehicle,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘That must have been a car accident.’”

Even though she was running late, Richardson knew she needed to stop, she said.

As she rushed over to Trooper Harrell’s patrol vehicle, she was nearly struck by the fleeing suspect vehicle, she told WRAL.

“I couldn’t believe it. It was smoke coming from the car and you know, I saw the bullets coming from the windshield, so I got out of the car,” Richardson explained. “I went to the car and asked him if he’s okay and I saw him bleeding from the face.”

“All I could hear him say was, ‘I’m hit! I’m hit!” she told The News & Observer.

Richardson immediately called 911, then she and another Good Samaritan worked to slow the wounded trooper’s bleeding using gauze he had inside the patrol car.

“I couldn’t just let nobody sit there and let him bleed,” she told WRAL. “Me being the person I am, and being a nurse, I couldn’t do that.”

Paramedics arrived minutes later, and rushed Trooper Harrrell to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, here he remains hospitalized with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

“I was kind of praying he would be OK. I knew in my heart he would be,” Richardson said.

“I feel like God put me there, on that road, for a reason, she told The News & Observer.

Investigators immediately began searching for Jones, and ultimately located him in a wooded area off of Cattail Road, WNCN reported.

Mullins and Boswell were apprehended prior to Jones’ arrest.

Jones has since been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, breaking or entering, assault on a female, and larceny after breaking and entering.

Mullins and Boswell have been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, and are being held on $15,000 bond.

After all three men were behind bars, Richardson wrote about her encounter with Trooper Harrell in a Facebook post, alongside a picture of the trooper’s mangled patrol vehicle.

“I could not believe my eyes. This car was smoking with bullet holes in the windshield & I just couldn’t go past it,” she wrote. “The officer was bleeding from his face & I knew I had to help him. I just had to stay with him until EMS arrived to take over.”

“This is somebody’s son, brother, dad, uncle, etc... & he didn’t deserve to be shot like this trying to do his job,” Richardson said. “I pray this man pulls through with a full recovery & I pray they fry the man behind the gun.”

Richardson said that the attack on Trooper Harrell also reminded her about how she felt in the wake of her own brother’s murder.

“I watched my brother lay on concrete lifeless in hopes that he would get a second chance,” she recalled. “I would not wish that pain on anyone’s family, especially in the line of duty.”

Richardson said that she has received messages from law enforcement officers across the country since the incident, thanking her for stopping to help the trooper, according to WRAL.

She even received a call from Trooper Harrell’s own family.

“His family, they just wanted to thank me for staying there with him,” she said. “They assured me he would make it through.”

Trooper Harrell joined the NCSHP in May of 2014, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Tom Cherry, and his father, Larry Harrell, The Wilson Times reported.

In 2016, he was named as the NCSHP Troop C, District 5 Officer of the Year.

“God had his hands on him,” NCSHP Sergeant Bennie Pulliam told The Wilson Times. “He is definitely lucky.”

Comments (24)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Yes, thank you, Sherice Richardson, for stopping, and saving the life of one of our LEOs!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wish there were more stories like this one. It would certainly help to renew my faith in humanity.

Mrs10
Mrs10

THIS is what people should do, rather than pulling out phones to record everything. Bravo to this brave lady!

JBo
JBo

This lady is a class act. Thank you for stopping to help. Your courage in stopping as this shooting was ending is exceeded only by your professionalism and caring nature. The trooper did make it and in no small part due to your actions. You made a difference.

FaulknerGordon
FaulknerGordon

booo on that county commission.

Their individual security details should simply walk away. Same thing with their meetings! Refuse to provide armed security at anything they do including the governor!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Wonder what BLM will say about this?? A black person HELPING a cop?? That can't be right! Well done to this lady.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

This goes to show there are still caring people out there,and instead of pulling her phone for 5 mins of fame and trying to scam the system this brave lady went above and beyond humanity and put this officers life above her own safety,she deserves the key to the city”a humanitarian award for her bravery “

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

You did a wonderful thing Sherice. You stood by and did what you could to help and comfort this officer. Good things will come your way. God will repay what is done to others, either good or bad and you Sherice, will be blessed someday also. You are what this country needs. You are an excellent example to your son of how people should treat each other.

Carrieval
Carrieval

Why is the bail ONLY $15,000...WHY ARE THEY EVEN GIVEN BAIL AFTER SHOTTING AND RUNNING INTO AN OFFICER??????!!!!!!

Dolson40
Dolson40

Thank you for stopping and helping this officer. There are still good people in this world. I am a wife of a LEO, and know that your kindness is appreciated 💗 I am sure he and his family are very grateful. God Bless you and your family.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Cops and nurses... there is a bond there. Sherice thank you for your goodness and your loving soul. People just do not understand how much it means to cops on the street when someone helps them or says a heartfelt “Thank you”. God bless you and your family and I will keep your brother in my prayers tonight.

desertcrewdog
desertcrewdog

This woman possesses true character. She placed herself in a position that jeopardized her personal safety to aid the wounded officer. I stand to attention and salute her.

Mama1959
Mama1959

From one nurse to another, thank you. If a situation like that occurs near me I hope I'm there to assist as you did. Again, thank you!!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Thank you Sherice for doing the right thing

Bigg59
Bigg59

There are good people still out there after 37 years of being a Law-Enforcement I came to learn 90% of the people out there are really good people 10% are low-life's but we were involved with the 10% of them 90% of the time

LEO2076
LEO2076

God bless you.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

God Speed Nurse Richardson and God Bless You!

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

GOD BLESS YOU NURSE RICHARDSON THERE ARE ANGELS AMONG US AND YOU WERE TROOPER HARRELL'S ANGEL. SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS OF YOUR BROTHER THESE KILLINGS AND SHOOTINGS HAVE GOT TO STOP NOW, TODAY.

GregBV
GregBV

Thank you.