BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Doctors feared Nick Tullier had less than 24 hours to live after a gunman critically wounded the sheriff's deputy in an ambush that killed three other Baton Rouge law-enforcement officers.

Nearly 50 days after the attack, Tullier's relatives see a miracle and an answer to their prayers as he continues fighting for survival.

Floodwaters wrecked his home nearly three weeks ago, but Tullier's father doesn't have time to mourn that loss. James Tullier and his wife, Mary, rarely leave the Baton Rouge hospital that has been treating their son since the July 17 shootings.

Tullier remains in a coma, but his father said the 41-year-old deputy began responding to their words less than a week ago — by blinking an eye, moving toes and squeezing his mother's hand.


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