Tupelo Police Officer Joseph Maher was released from North Mississippi Medical Center eight days after being shot in a shootout with a bank robber.
Maher was shot by a fleeing suspect when responding to a bank robbery.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said the spirits of his officers were lifted when Maher left the hospital but they’re still grieving the loss of Sgt. Gale Stauffer, who was shot and killed during the shootout.
Grief counselors from within the law enforcement community have been on hand and officers have been given time off to grieve and recover.
The Maher family has requested privacy in the coming weeks while he recovers but once he gains his strength he will speak to the public.
Aguirre and Mask said the support of the community, especially the local law enforcement community, has been the biggest help through this tragedy.
“We had the Sheriff’s Office and Highway Patrol come in Friday and cover for our whole shift so we could take care of our fallen brother’s family and funeral,” Mask said.
Chief Aguirre had a stack of letters of support and condolence more than two inches high sitting on his desk Tuesday morning and said those were only the letters he had received that morning.
He also said the federal investigators told him they have never seen an outpouring of community support during a tragedy equal to Tupelo’s response over the past week.
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