A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Center after being shot in the line of duty.
Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, of Monroe, was shot five times including once in the temple, jaw, shoulder and twice in the arm. Wheeler was shot while performing a vehicle stop at 2:06 a.m. on Jan. 7 on Hwy. 165 between Sterlington and Bastrop in the Perryville area.
“Whoever committed this heinous act was shooting to kill. Luckily Senior Agent Wheeler has displayed the type of courage, toughness and determination it takes to hopefully survive this senseless and cowardly shooting.” said LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Joey Broussard. “We are encouraged by the hospital updates that say he is in stable condition and responsive to commands. We will be by Senior Agent Wheelers’ side throughout his recovery and our prayers will remain with him and his family.”
Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation into the shooting with assistance from the LDWF Enforcement Division.
Wheeler has been an LDWF agent for two and a half years and is married with one child.