Critically wounded Phoenix police officer Tyler Moldovan’s wife Chelsea recently gave a hopeful update on her husband’s condition.
The officer, who is in serious but stable condition and on life support, has shown positive signs and appears to be making progress.
“On December 14, my world was shattered when the love of my life, Tyler Moldovan, nearly lost his life doing what he loves, serving his community as a Phoenix Police Officer,” Chelsea Moldovan said in a statement released by the Phoenix Police Department.
“When no one thought he would, he opened his eyes. We have been praying for a miracle and see glimpses of one every day,” she continued.
Tyler Moldovan was hospitalized after being shot eight times. According to a statement by his wife, Tyler received “extensive neurologic injuries” and remains in stable condition on a ventilator.
Initial descriptions of his injuries were that they were “not survivable,” but the officer is now opening his eyes and showing responsiveness to those around him.
According to Chelsea Moldovan, her husband can recognize others and even smile.
Chelsea Moldovan thanked the doctors, nurses and support staff, as well members of the community whose gifts have “lifted our spirits.” She also thanked the Phoenix Police Department for their care and concern, and has faith that her husband will recover.
“The emotional rollercoaster we have all been on has been unimaginable,” Chelsea Moldovan said. “Our family and I are overwhelmed at the incredible outpouring of support we have received.”
Officer Moldovan was responding to reports of drag racing at around 2 a.m. near Camelback Rd on the night of the shooting. During the investigation, patrol officers located a car matching the description at an apartment complex.
Officer Moldovan encountered 24-year-old Essa Williams hiding behind the wall of a covered apartment patio and commanded him to exit the patio when Williams pulled a gun and started firing. Moldovan was shot eight times, including in the head, according to court paperwork.
Williams was arrested after resisting officers and attempting to pull Moldovan’s gun from his holster as he lay on the ground. After he was tackled and subdued by responding officers, he told police to “shoot him.”
Williams faces multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder.
Chelsea Moldovan is hopeful her husband will pull through.
“We hold onto our faith that Tyler will continue to make progress. He has been a miracle already and the progress he has made in three weeks is marvelous; the impossible is being made possible.”