Update on Officer Shot in the Face

By: Jeff Proctor Email
By: Jeff Proctor Email
Officer expected to recover but it will be a long process.

On the scene in Dewitt

The DeWitt Township police officer shot Thursday morning is expected to face a long recovery process. DeWitt city Police Chief Larry Jerue tells wilx.com the officer has severe damage to his pallet and tongue. He took a bullet through the cheek, which broke his jaw before exiting through his neck. He will be hospitalized for quite some time, according to Jerue. The officer, whose name we've chosen not to release for now, was backing up DeWitt city police when a shoot-out started on DeWitt Road. Police say the gunman was 47 year old Nathan Oakes, who'd driven from Florida to DeWitt to kill his ex-wife. Oakes was shot and killed by police at the scene.

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  • by Brandon813 Location: brandon on Nov 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    My family is old friends to Nathan and his family, i would like to give my deepest condolences to the Oakes family. Our hearts are with you. I would also like to give my condolences to the officer shot and his family. This is a tragedy and sad time in a lot of peoples lives. My God Bless you and be with you!
  • by sue Location: fulton tx on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    My heart is heavy for this officer and his family...how much we citizens take for granted the service these men and women perform, and the daily risks they take. This man took a bullet for someone else, literally. This man's life and family are now forever changed in a split second. Its a tragedy for everyone involved. We as a public do not commend our officers enough for what they do. So let me be the first to speak. Officer Darnell, I thank you for what you do and wish you a full and speedy recovery!! You are in my prayers and thoughts...
  • by Spell Check Location: Everywhere on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:01 PM
    the correct word is palate...not pallet
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