Nurse Helps Save the Life of a State Trooper Shot in the Face: ‘God Put Me There’

By Nancy Flory Published on January 20, 2019

A North Carolina registered nurse is being recognized as a hero after saving the life of a state trooper who had been shot in the face during a routine traffic stop.

Sherice Richardson was on her way to pick up her toddler from daycare Monday night when she saw Trooper Daniel Harrell’s car on the side of the road. She felt that something wasn’t right and stopped. She got out of her car to check.

‘I’m Hit’

“I got out of the car. That’s when I seen the bullet holes in the windshield,” Richardson told ABC11. “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.”

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Richardson told a bystander to hold gauze on Harrell’s face while she talked with EMS. “He was able to hold it himself actually and I sat there and comforted him.” She prayed over him until help arrived.

‘God Put Me There for a Reason’

“It was weird. You’re sitting here with someone that is supposed to protect you and he’s down but you’ve got to do something.” Richardson is thankful she was there when she was. “I had him in my prayers. I feel like God put me there on that road for a reason.”


Harrell was treated at the hospital and released on Wednesday. Col. Glenn McNeill, Jr. said that the shooting was just another reminder of the danger of Harrell’s profession. “I would ask everyone to keep Trooper Harrell’s family and our entire organization in their thoughts and prayers.”

Three men were arrested on charges related to the shooting.

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