MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police Officer Chad Wynne is recovering nicely from a surgery early Sunday morning according to family friends.
"They were checking the packing and repacked it. When they got in, they were able to take the packing out the wound and it was closing so they were very encouraged," said a friend of the family.
Officer Wynne was off-duty when he responded to a robbery at the Winn-Dixie on Government Street and was shot in the parking lot. He was transported to USA Medical Center where he is in stable condition.
"From what I gathered, the gunshot wound missed his heart, made a 90-degree angle, and hit the liver and his lung," said a friend of the family.
Cpl. Chris Levy with the Mobile Police Department said Wynne is making good progress.
"Officer Wynne was showing some signs of improvement today which is good news. They said he is not out of the woods and he still going to have a long recovery," Levy said. "He is doing better today then he was yesterday and he (hospital officials) sounded very optimistic when I spoke to them. "
Levy went to the police academy with Wynne and said he is a hard-working police officer who loves his job.
"He goes up there everyday and he does his job, and he does a good job. Chad is a guy we need back here and back on the streets, so we're hoping for a speedy recovery," said Levy.
The president of McGill-Toolen High School, Father Bry Shields, knew Wynne as a student.
"Chad was a very good student. He was one of those young men who was always interested in the community. People liked him: his teachers and his fellow students," Shields said. "We're just always proud when one of our own goes into public service and is willing to put his life on the line."
Shields said he was surprised when he heard one of his former students was shot.
"I was devastated by it. It just shows how fragile and in danger we all are; but also, to have such a fine young man injured in the line of duty," said Shields.
"Anytime you have an officer that gets injured or hurt, people take it personally. He is family to everybody in our department and we're always going to be concerned about him, especially guys like Chad," said Levy.
Family friends said police, friends and prayer groups are visiting Wynne, and that is just what he needs right now.
"What Chad is going to need is thoughts and prayers. If you see any officers out there working, give them a word of encouragement because they're going to be down about it, and just try to keep everybody in good spirits," said Levy.
He wants people to always be aware of their surroundings.
"We're out there doing our job and that's going to be the primary goal of every police officer. We're going to get up everyday and do our job the best we can. Just be careful and live your life," Levy said.
One suspect, Jackieth Harrison, is in Mobile County Metro Jail without bail. He is charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree robbery.
Police said the second suspect, who is at USA Medical Center, will be charged as soon as he's released from the hospital.
"We are going to continue in our investigation. I know detectives have out a lot of hours in, even in this short period of time," said Levy.
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