Rookie Louisville officer who was shot in the head making 'remarkable' progress
Officer Nickolas Wilt has been taken off all life-sustaining medical equipment and can follow some commands
By Christopher Leach
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Injured Louisville police officer Nickolas Wilt is continuing to make a “remarkable” recovery after he was shot in the head during the Old National Bank mass shooting last month, according to a Facebook post from the Louisville Metro Police Foundation.
Wilt was taken off all life-sustaining medical equipment, the foundation said. He has also shown neurological improvement and is able to follow some commands. Wilt had previously been taken off a ventilator.
The foundation said Wilt is still dealing with pneumonia and infections. He went to University of Louisville Health Jewish Hospital to treat the pneumonia and returned back to the UofL Hospital approximately two weeks later.
The bullet that struck Wilt remains in his head, according to a Facebook post from the Louisville Metro Police Department. Doctors determined that the bullet is in a crucial area but does not pose a threat to his brain or blood vessels, and the damage from the injury is minimal.
Wilt is entering the “long haul” process of his recovery, the foundations aid.
“We are proud to report that doctors are now talking about getting Officer Wilt into neuro rehab within the next week, which is a significant milestone in his recovery process,” the foundation said in the Facebook post.
Wilt, 26, has also worked as a firefighter and dispatcher. He graduated from the police academy March 31 and was working his fourth shift as a police officer when he was shot in the head while responding to the shooting at Old National Bank on Main Street April 10. Seven other people were injured and six people died, including the shooter, who was shot by responding officers.
Herald-Leader reporter Karla Ward contributed to this story.
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