East Baton Rouge deputy Nick Tullier ‘doing exceptionally well’

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Former East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Nicholas Tullier

HOUSTON (WGNO) – Doctors at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston were joined by the father of East Baton Rouge deputy Nick Tullier at a press conference this afternoon to discuss Tullier’s progress.

Tullier was shot three times – in the stomach, head and upper arm – when Gavin Long of Kansas City traveled to Baton Rouge on July 17 and went on a shooting rampage after luring law enforcement officers to the area.

Baton Rouge Police officer Montrell Jackson, BRPD officer Matthew Gerald and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola were killed in the attack.

Doctor Sunil Kothari, Medical Director of the Disorders of Consciousness Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, called Tullier’s recovery remarkable.

“Nick is doing remarkably well,” Kothari said. “We expected that when Nick came to us, based on everything that we were told, that Nick would be in a vegetative state. Very quickly after he came to us, our team determined that he was, in fact, conscious.”

Tullier, despite the odds, is completely aware of his surroundings and can even communicate simple “yes” and “no” answers through the limited range of motion that he has regained, Kothari said.

Tullier’s daily routine includes getting out of bed, getting dressed, and going to therapy all day. His spirits and mental attitude are also remarkable considering the challenges he has faced, Kothari said.

Nick Tullier’s father James Tullier said he is constantly amazed at how far his son has come since being seriously injured in the shooting.

“We had no hope,” James Tullier said. “Nick wasn’t supposed to survive one day, two days, five days. And now, look at all he’s accomplished!”

James Tullier, who thanked everyone at TIRR and in Baton Rouge for their hard work and constant prayers and extended an extra special thanks to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for personally seeing to it that Nick got the best treatment available, said the key to his son’s recovery lies within.

“You want to know who’s strong?” James Tullier said. “Nick. He’s got that will power. It’s in his head. He’s the fighter. He’s the strong one.”

Watch the Facebook Live stream of the press conference below: