Nick Tullier, a sheriff’s deputy killed 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. According to his family, his health had deteriorated in recent days, and physicians were unsure how much time he had left.
On a Facebook page dedicated to updates on his condition, his family confirmed his death on Thursday morning.
On July 17, 2016, Tullier was shot two days after a Baton Rouge police killed Alton Sterling. The attacker, armed with an assault rifle, began fire at a convenience store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge and shot six officers within 13 minutes.
Three officers were murdered, and three others were injured in the attack. A SWAT officer shot and killed the gunman.
Tullier, who had spent over two decades with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was given 24 hours to live.
But he continued to prove everyone incorrect day after day.
He continued to struggle for his life for the next six years, overcoming problem after complication.
Tullier was hospitalised at a local hospital in November 2021 after experiencing abdominal pain. He got a CT scan that revealed an obstruction in his intestines, but he needed emergency surgery after an IV filled his arm with fluid.
His bowel surgery was postponed for a week, but physicians stated it was difficult to entirely cure the problem due to his injuries during the shooting.
Tullier’s condition deteriorated despite the surgery since he could not eat and needed to receive fluids and vitamins through an IV. He ceased talking with his doctors, family, and friends as well.
Tullier’s father posted a devastating update a few days before his death.
He’s fighting for his life yet again, as he has been since he was shot. Doctors claim there is nothing else they can do besides what is currently being done. He’s bloated. His stomach is bloated. “The bloodwork shows no improvement,” James Tullier stated.
He said it was now a matter of “when” for his son.
His family confirmed Tullier’s death on May 5.
“The loss of Cpl grieves me. Nick Tullier is a great hero. According to Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Nick’s injuries were caused by his selfless actions in courageously answering the call to protect and serve.
“I do not doubt that the love, prayers, and faith of his family, friends, and colleagues helped him tremendously. It’s easy to see how Nick grew to be such a decent man after witnessing his parents, James and Mary, nobly and selflessly dedicate their life to Nick’s rehabilitation.”
Baton Rouge’s mayor expressed his sympathy and ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff.
Nick Tullier’s friends, family, and coworkers are in my thoughts and prayers.