Officer David Freeman, who has been recovering at home, will have to have two or three more surgeries in the near future, George said during Monday’s City Council meeting.
George said Freeman, who was wounded seven times, will have to wait “several more weeks” before returning to work. The officer still has a bullet in his leg and shrapnel in his elbow. He also needs an MRI for a leg injury sustained while trying to evade the gunfire.
“He’s in great spirits,” George said.
“And hopefully we’ll have the other five officers [who were involved in the shootout] back to work next week as soon as they do some clinical backgrounds.”
Freeman was shot by the gunman, Curtis Hicks, during a routine traffic stop April 12. Hicks shot at several other officers who were called in for backup and was eventually killed during the shootout.
At Monday’s meeting, George remarked on the shooter, saying he had a large collection of firearms, ammunition and knives in his vehicle.
“No one will ever know what the [shooter] was doing that night,” he said. “Who knows what David interrupted that night.”