A North Carolina nurse saved a state trooper’s life after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop.
Sherice Richardson was on her way to pick up her daughter from daycare in Wilson around 5.15pm on Monday night when she suddenly saw flashing blue lights.
‘My first instinct was to slow down. But as I came closer, I could not believe my eyes,’ she wrote in a Facebook post.
‘This car was smoking with bullet holes in the windshield and I just couldn’t go past it. The officer was bleeding from his face and I knew I had to help him.’
Richardson got out of the car and immediately ran over to help Trooper Daniel Harrell.
‘All I could hear him say was, “I’m hit, I’m hit,”‘ she told ABC 11. ‘I was like, we need to give him help, so I called 911.’
‘It was weird,’ she continued. ‘You’re sitting here with someone that is supposed to protect you and he’s down but you’ve got to do something’.
Richardson, a registered nurse, flew into action. She found gauze in Harrell’s patrol car and had another bystander put pressure on his face while she called 911.
‘He was able to hold it himself actually, and I sat there and comforted him.’
‘I just had to stay with him until EMS arrived to take over,’ she wrote in her Facebook post. ‘This is somebody’s son, brother, dad, uncle.’
‘He didn’t deserve to be shot like this trying to do his job.’
The moment was especially personal for Richardson, who had watched her own brother lay on the ground ‘lifeless in hopes that he would get a second chance’.
‘I would not wish that pain on anyone’s family, especially in the line of duty,’ she continued. ‘This was definitely a life-changing experience for me.’
Richardson said she believes that God put her ‘on that road for a reason at that time’.
Thanks to Richardson’s help, Harrell was rushed to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was released on Wednesday.
‘I’m just thankful,’ she said. ‘I had him in my prayers. I’m just grateful he made it out so fast.’
Authorities said that Harrell’s patrol car had 12 bullet holes in the windshield and front-end damage.
Richardson shared a picture of the cruiser, which she took after Harrell was taken to the hospital.
Harrell is a third-generation state trooper and a five-year veteran. A GoFundMe campaign has since been created to help pay for his medical bills.
Three men are currently behind bars in connection to Harrell’s shooting.
John David Jones, 36, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault on a law enforcement officer, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He is also facing charges for assault on a female, breaking or entering, and larcency after breaking or entering.
Jones was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday after officers found him in a wooded area, according to WNCN.
He was first taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and is now being held on $1million bond.
William Allen Boswell, 40, and Bryan Jeffrey Mullins, 25, have both been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
They are being held on a $15,000 secure bond. All three are due back in court on January 29.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Anneta Konstantinides