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Update: Injured trooper released from hospital

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13 NEWS has learned that Sgt. Nichols has been released from the hospital.

We are told that he is doing well but still needs to fully recover.




Doctors are weaning Sgt. Aaron Nichols off a breathing ventilator, according to Sgt. Michael Baylous with State Police.

As of Thursday morning, Nichols has been able to breathe on his own, Sgt. Baylous said.

He added that Nichols is showing signs improvement. Doctors will continue to monitor Nichols breathing as he remains in intensive care at CAMC General. 




Clinton Nichols held back tears as he listened to others praise his son.

"He has exemplified courage, compassion, commitment," said Cpl. Jim Mitchell, the state police chaplain.

And then, he stood back as his youngest son praised his eldest.

"He has always been a good brother," said Jake Nichols, who was joined by his father, Clinton, and his sister, Rene Moore. "He's always watched out for me. Usually he'd be out here standing here doing the talking."

But Sgt. Aaron Nichols has been in the intensive care unit at CAMC General since New Year's Eve.

"Aaron needs to be recognized for his faithfulness and for his dependability," Cpl. Mitchell said.

Nichols was inside the Goody's department store in Saint Albans Monday. A criminal complaint states he witnessed 32-year-old Jennifer Garretson trying to shoplift.

But when Nichols, who was off-duty, tried to catch Garretson in the parking lot, police said Garretson struck him with her car.

"My brother is slowly, but steadily improving," Jake said. "He's stable."

Just a few months ago, Nichols found himself inside the ICU but not as a patient.

He sat at the bedside of Eric Workman, one of the two troopers involved in the fatal Clay County shooting in August 2012.

"Aaron stayed with him all the way through," Cpl. Mitchell said. "He never left the family, he was always there. We tried to get him to leave, we tried to get him to sleep, but he wanted to be there every moment."

Now, it's the Nichols family that waits at the bedside.

"It's a roller coaster of emotion, tired, long nights," said Jake, describing the past few days.

But with a suspect in custody, relatives said they can breathe a little easier. Garretson turned herself into two state police troopers Tuesday near Institute, where she had been hiding since the incident.

"It's a relief," Jake said. "Now that's over with, we just wait for him to get better."

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