In a major step on the way to recovery, wounded East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier was moved Monday to a rehabilitation center in Galveston, Texas, according to a report by WAFB-TV.
At the Transitional Learning Center, Tullier will continue to work to regain his strength and coordination, the report said, adding that he no longer needs the intensive medical care provided by TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab Facility in Houston.
Tullier was critically wounded in a targeted ambush on law enforcement in Baton Rouge last year.
For a man whose wounds doctors for weeks feared fatal — physicians in Baton Rouge warned his parents four times in the hours and days after the shooting that death was imminent — Tullier's progress has been remarkable.
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Doctors didn't expect Nick Tullier to survive after a gunman shot him in the head, stomach and shoulder during the July 17, 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge. A year later, the 42-year-old sheriff's deputy is still defying the odds and the grim prognosis issued after the July 17 attack...
Last November, Tullier moved to TIRR Memorial, where he has made great strides. Videos have shown him communicating with others, maneuvering a wheelchair and even taking steps with assistance of a special harness.
"He's got a long path to go before he gets out of the woods, but Nick is a fighter," Tullier's father, James, told WAFB.
Regular updates of Tullier's status can be found on the Nick Tullier Strong Facebook page.