A Baton Rouge police officer injured in Sunday’s ambush was released from the hospital Thursday to thunderous applause and large crowd of well-wishers.
Deputy Bruce Simmons was discharged from Baton Rouge General today; he was wounded in police ambush killings, Sunday pic.twitter.com/NRMTo6afJF
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 21, 2016
Deputy Bruce Simmons, a 23 year veteran with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office, was one of six police officers injured when suspect Gavin Long opened fire at cops along a highway on Sunday morning.
.@EBRSheriff Sgt. Bruce Simmons, wounded in #BRShooting, leaves BR General hospital to a hero's sendoff moments ago pic.twitter.com/8Pi7rOnk1s
— Bryn Stole (@BrynStole) July 21, 2016
Simmons was shot in the shoulder on Sunday, and underwent at least two surgeries before being release on Thursday.
After receiving a hearty round of applause from dozens of people lining a hospital hallway, Simmons climbed into an SUV and received a police escort home.
Hero's welcome as Deputy Bruce Simmons arrives home from the hospital. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/8pB9qoNDAV
— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) July 21, 2016
According to WVUE in New Orleans, one Baton Rouge Nicholas Tullier remains hospitalized in critical condition. Another unidentified Baton Rouge officer was released from the hospital earlier this week.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.