BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Batesville police officer shot in the line of duty is now out of the hospital and back home.
Officer Michael Dickinson’s fellow officers stood outside the White River Medical Center on Wednesday and applauded as a hospital employee wheeled him out.
They then escorted him home to his family.
Chief Alan Cockrill says Dickinson is feeling better, but “he has a long road to recovery ahead of him.”
The chief added that Dickinson must undergo quite a bit of therapy before they know if he will ever return to work.
Dickinson was shot three times while investigating a domestic dispute on Nov. 3.
Police then shot and killed the alleged gunman, 44-year-old Marvin Stair.
Following the shooting, Dickinson was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and underwent several surgeries.
Accounts have been established at First Community Bank and Centennial Bank for Dickinson’s medical and living expenses.
BATESVILLE, Ark.-- A Batesville police officer on the mend tonight-- after getting shot several times on-duty. His alleged attacker dead-- after officers then returned fire.
"It had only been 10-15 minutes and I went to the restroom and I heard the shots fired," says Joseph Penn. Penn and his wife had just returned to their Neeley Street home when they heard gunfire."Maybe 10 shots at first. The first set of rounds."
That's when he looked outside and saw a Batesville officer staggering across the street."I asked him if he was hit and he said yes, so I said are you OK, he said no. I asked if he needed help and he said yes."
Arkansas State Police say the officer was responding to a home next door to Penn - when 44-year-old Marvin Stair shot him around 7:40 Friday night. "I held pressure on his wounds, and he was starting to lose consciousness."
State police say backup arrived while stair stood in the doorway of the home - pointing a rifle at the officers. "The officer told him to get down and he didn't, and I guess he started shooting on that officer again, and the officer fired back." Police say Stair was shot and pronounced dead on the scene.
"We don't have any shootings here not violent crimes."
Penn says he's grateful he was able to help. "I'm proud that he did, I'm very happy that he did," says his wife, Shelia. "I was worried for my family I knew they'd be pretty scared," says Penn. He says he'd do again, if it means saving the life of someone who put his life on the line to protect and serve. "The officer had actually responded to a domestic disturbance with my daughter and was helpful, so I was glad I was just able to pay that back."
Arkansas State Police are investigating this officer-involved shooting - which could take anywhere from weeks to months to complete. We'll continue to update you - once new details are released.
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