La. deputy dies 6 years after shootout that killed 3 other officers
Cpl. Nick Tullier spent years undergoing treatment before dying of complications related to his injuries
Duty Death: Nick Tullier - [East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana]
End of Service: 05/05/2022
By Suzie Ziegler
BATON ROUGE, La. — Cpl. Nick Tullier, 47, died Thursday, six years after he was shot in an ambush that left three other officers dead, The Advocate reported.
The Louisiana deputy was remembered as a hero who gave his life to protect others, Tullier’s family told The Advocate.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux shared a tribute to Tullier on Facebook.
“I am heartbroken at the passing of a true hero, Cpl. Nick Tullier," Gautreaux wrote. "Nick’s injury was a result of his selfless actions to courageously answer the call to protect and serve. For nearly six years he has defied all odds in recovery through his unwavering tenacity.”
Tullier was shot on July 17, 2016. He and a fellow deputy were having coffee when they heard a radio call for shots fired and an officer down, the report said. Tullier and his partner responded to a convenience store where they found a gunman on a rampage. According to the report, Tullier was running the plates of the gunman’s car when he was shot three times, once in the head.
Tullier suffered brain damage from the shooting and three officers were killed: Deputy Brad Garafola and Baton Rouge police officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald, according to The Advocate. The suspect, Gavin Long, also died.
Tullier received years of treatment at various medical facilities before he died of medical complications on Thursday, his family told The Advocate.