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KCPD officer shot in head now talking, walking unassisted

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:36:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department officer who was minutes away from death after being shot July 2 is now walking and talking on his own, and has a message to those in the community.

An update posted Wednesday by police said the officer – who has not yet been identified – is making “better-than-normal progress,” which includes talking and walking on his own without assistance.

According to the update, when asked what the community can do for him, the officer responded, “Actions have repercussions, so think twice before you react with violence, and treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Police said the male officer hopes to complete his recovery at an out-of-state brain injury rehabilitation center soon, after which he’ll return to a Kansas City-based rehabilitation facility.

The officer, according to police, is still working to get his brain to control the left side of his body, though the officer is not paralyzed. Despite the continued rehabilitation, police said the officer’s doctors are pleased with his overall progress.