MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Alex Bell has known Mobile Police Officer Chad Wynne for 10 years, and said he was shocked when he heard Wynne was in the hospital.
"I started getting overly sentimental about everything that he and I had been through and things we had done," Bell said. "I was pretty upset about it. I've known him for a long time."
On Saturday, Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams said Wynne was off-duty when he responded to a robbery in progress at a Winn-Dixie Friday night.
"He was working an extra job, and he heard the call to go out. (So) he responded and assisted other officers. While on the scene, he was shot and rushed to the hospital," said Williams.
Bell said officer Wynne has a military background and a strong will to live.
"He is a stand-up guy, and he would do anything for you. I've known him for a long time, and I feel privileged to call him a friend," Bell said.
Police cars were lined up outside the University of South Alabama Medical Center Sunday and Monday afternoon with visitors from the police department.
Fox10 asked family members if they wanted to speak, and they released this statement:
"While our family appreciates the support we have received, we request to be left to ourselves during this period of recovery for our son."
-John Wynne and Dee Wynne (parents of Chad Wynne)
Bell said if Wynne makes a full recovery, he thinks Wynne will want to continue his job protecting others.
"He enjoys being a motorcycle officer. He has a lot of friends that do that too and they have a lot of fun," said Bell.
Friends are keeping Wynne in their thoughts and prayers.
"Just hoping for the best. That's all you can do, just hope everything works out," said Bell.
The Mobile Police Department is speaking on behalf of the family at this time. We will continue to monitor Wynne's condition, and let you know as updates are available.
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