Independence officer injured in shooting moved to long-term rehabilitation facility

Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 18:41:33-04

Officer Tom Wagstaff, who was injured in a shooting in March, has moved to a long-term rehabilitation facility.

Dr. Roger Ray at Centerpoint Medical Center said in a statement that Wagstaff’s recovery is “a miracle in the making.”

Ray’s statement reads in full:

“Today we are pleased to report that Officer Tom Wagstaff has been transferred to a long-term rehabilitation facility for his next phase of recovery.  In my 30+ years as a physician, I’ve yet to see such a remarkable recovery -  truly a miracle in the making. 

While Officer Wagstaff has a long road to recovery, we are confident that he will continue to make improvements and we will be by his side throughout his journey.

We thank the community, the Independence Police Department and the support from around the nation that has helped to support this family and our first responders.” 

Wagstaff was shot in the head on March 29 when he was responding to a robbery in progress near 36th and Delaware in Independence. 

Neurosurgeons performed life-saving surgery, and Wagstaff was in critical condition for days. Now he's entering the next phase of his recovery. 

Four men have been charged in connection with the burglary that led to the shooting.