A police officer in Huntsville, Texas, who was recently shot multiple times while on duty, has been released from the hospital and welcomed back to the community after undergoing two successful surgeries.
Sergeant Kyle Dockery was greeted with a warm reception and a procession at the Huntsville Police Department on October 25 following his recovery in hospital.
“It’s a small community, and it’s a small first responder community around here, and just about everybody was there when it happened, and just about everybody was here to see him come home,” Support Services Lieutenant Wade Roberts said.
Multiple agencies, including the sheriff’s department, emergency medical services and the fire department, came together to welcome Sergeant Dockery back to the force.
“Everybody just pulled together, that was probably the biggest takeaway,” Roberts added. “Everybody who’s around here really supported us over the last couple of weeks, and it’s pretty amazing to see.”
According to reports, Sergeant Dockery was shot multiple times on October 12 while responding to an incident at an apartment complex on Interstate 45.
The officer was reportedly confronting a man who was acting erratically and wielding a firearm.
During the confrontation, an exchange of gunfire occurred, resulting in the suspect being shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Dockery sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was rushed to a Conroe hospital for critical condition treatment.
Throughout his two-week hospital stay, Sergeant Dockery underwent two successful surgeries to aid in his recovery.
The community showed support for Dockery ahead of the officers’ long road to recovery, fellow officers said.
“He’s got a ways to go, obviously, with the recovery,” Roberts noted. “He suffered some pretty significant injuries that are going to take a while to recover from, but I know the community will continue to support him, I know we will continue to support him.”
According to the department, other officers were present at the scene as well and have joined Dockery in his return to duty.
“Several Huntsville police officers were at the scene when Kyle was shot and all acted heroically,” the department said. “One of those officers, Corporal John French, returns to work tomorrow, and we are thankful for his return as well.”
Chief Slaven and the Huntsville Police Department also expressed their gratitude to those who attended the reception and supported Sergeant Dockery and the department.
“Chief Slaven and the rest of the department would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support, and we ask that you continue to keep Sergeant Dockery, his family and the Huntsville Police Department in your prayers,” the agency wrote in a press release.