Officer shot 7 times on April 12 is walking again
by Associated Press Wire
April 29, 2013 07:30 AM | 366 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer shot seven times in a gun battle just over two weeks ago got a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage of an Alpharetta church.

Alpharetta police officer David Freeman walked slowly with the use of a cane during Sunday services at North Point Community Church.

Freeman told the congregation that he's been undergoing physical therapy and hoping to get back to work soon.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of my family's heart for all your love and prayers," Freeman said. "I want to get back to work. I love my job, I love the guys I work with and I want to get back to it."

A Marietta man shot Freeman during an April 12 traffic stop, authorities said.

Freeman was shot in the lower abdomen, a shoulder and one of his legs while another bullet grazed his back, Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon said shortly after the shootout.

Police say the suspect, 52-year-old Curtis Hicks, also wounded a bystander and sparked a police shootout that ended in his death.

After he was hit, Freeman managed to take cover and return fire while calling for help. Meanwhile, Hicks fled in his truck into the neighboring city of Roswell while firing at pursuing patrol cars, Gordon said.

Bullets struck at least four patrol cars, but no other officers were injured, Gordon said.

The bystander who was injured was struck by a bullet in the hip as she drove her SUV.

The chase ended as Hicks crashed his truck and kept shooting at police as he exited the vehicle, Gordon said. Officers returned fire and killed him.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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