• 'God put me on that road for a reason': Nurse helps save trooper shot in face

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    WILSON, N.C. - Officials said a trooper in Wilson County was shot and left for dead Monday night and a nurse driving by at the time is being credited for helping save his life.

    Police said the shooting happened around 5:15 p.m. on N.C. Highway 42, about 8 miles northeast of Wilson, N.C.

    Local news outlets reported Trooper Daniel Harrell’s patrol cruiser had a dozen bullet holes in the windshield, as well as front-end damage.

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    Sherice Richardson said she was headed to Rocky Mount to pick up her toddler.

    "I left the house at about 5:15 and I go on some country roads," Richardson said. "I was going around the curve, passing blue lights and so I slowed down some more, then I got out of the car that's when I seen the bullet holes in the windshield. I didn't know it at the time but when I got to the car, he just had blood coming from his face and I was like 'Oh my God, are you OK?' and all I could hear him say was 'I'm hit, I'm hit.' I was like we need to give him help so I called 911."

    Luckily, Richardson is a registered nurse.

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    "He had gauze in his car so I instructed another bystander to put pressure on his face while I was on the phone with EMS," she said. "He was able to hold it himself actually and I sat there and comforted him."

    She said she waited with Harrell until EMS arrived.

    Trooper Daniel Harrell (source: WTVD)

    "It was weird," she said. "You're sitting here with someone that is supposed to protect you and he's down but you've got to do something. I'm just thankful. I had him in my prayers. I'm just grateful he made it out so fast."

    "God put me on that road for a reason at that time," said Richardson. 

    Harrell was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

    Law enforcement agencies said they have three suspects in custody.

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