MOBILE, Ala. -- Cpl. Benjamin "Ben" Towarnyckyj, the Mobile police officer wounded in a shooting Friday night in west Mobile, is home recovering with his family.
Hours after being taken away in an ambulance, Towarnyckyj was home with his family by his side.
“I talked to him this morning, he got to go home last night and enjoyed breakfast with his family this morning and even went to his kid's soccer game this afternoon,” said Father Chris Boutin.”It's a relief for all of us and we're thankful to god that he's going to be OK.”
Towarnyckyj was shot in arm when he tried to pull over a reported stolen car. After opening fire, the man suspected of shooting him, Dajoune DuBose, tried to run from police.
“He's a very big part of the community and I would say his actions last night speak a lot about the man that he is in our community as well,” said Laurie Michener, the Principal at Saint Dominic Catholic School, where Towarnyckyj’s kids go to school.
Michener said what happened on Friday shows his true character, someone who's ready to serve and protect.
“It was hard to believe that at 2:30 he was here just having fun and by 6:30 he was out in the streets fighting bad guys,” Michener said.
When Towarnyckyj is not fighting crime on the streets of Mobile, he is known to volunteer his time at the catholic school, working with both teachers and students.
“He came just earlier this year and he let our preschoolers sit in his police car because he's so adamant that he wants the children to have a good relationship with the police department,” Michener said.
Teaching kids about his job, but there is also a lesson about the difficulties officers face on the force.
“When you think about how scary that is and how much worse it could have been if that bullet would have been six, 12 inches in a different direction,” Michener said.
Police say he was shot by Dajoune Devon DuBose, 18, who is locked up at Mobile County Metro Jail, where he is being held Saturday on charges of attempted murder and first-degree receiving stolen property.