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.