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Two facing charges for shooting of wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe (Source: LSP) Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe (Source: LSP)
MONROE, LA (WAFB) -

Two Monroe residents are in custody after authorities say one allegedly shot a Wildlife and Fisheries agent, while another assisted.

On January 7, Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent, was shot  multiple times in the line of duty during a vehicle stop on US 165 in Morehouse Parish, just north of the Ouachita Parish line.

Louisiana State Police Detectives began investigating the shooting and evidence was quickly discovered that lead to the arrest of Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe.

According to authorities, during the course of the investigation, it was also discovered Jeremy Gullette, 34, of Monroe, assisted Baird in the shooting.

“I am very proud of the hard work and persistence of investigators to quickly identify and arrest these suspects,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “We continue to pray for Agent Wheeler as he recovers from this senseless assault.”

Both were charged and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center. Baird was charged with one count of attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer, while Gullette was charged with one count of accessory after the fact to attempted 1st degree murder.

A press conference will be held tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office annex with Colonel Edmonson and Governor Edwards along with several of the local agencies.  

As of January 7, family members of Wheeler say his brain scans show no damage. Doctors are telling them the track of the bullet didn't do as much damage as first thought, but they are still looking over his other wounds and are planning surgery on his jaw, which they say was broken by one of the bullets.

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