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Video: Injured OH Officer Returns to Patrol After 7 Years

February 16, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Injured OH Officer Returns to Patrol After 7 Years

Columbus, OH, Police Officer Michael Shannon returned to patrol work at the 19th precinct Tuesday afternoon to the sound of bagpipes blaring. The day was significant for Shannon, 41, who had not worked patrol for nearly seven years after he was shot in the line of duty. And Columbus police had a welcoming party for him to mark the occasion, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I'm ready to go back to work," he told a group of reporters before beginning his patrol of the Hilltop area.

On March 13, 2010, a man he was pursuing at a Far West Side apartment complex opened fire on him. He nearly lost a leg when a bullet shattered the femur.

"I knew I could come back," he said. "Injuries don't stop you. You can get through anything you want to. You just have to put your mind to it."

Shannon has worn out about seven to eight pairs of crutches. He's been in and out of hospitals with nine surgeries on his leg. He worked light-duty assignments helping at the police academy until he was able to go back to patrol.

The man who shot Officer Shannon is serving a 17-year prison sentence.

Comments (5)

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Vince @ 2/16/2017 10:45 PM

Awesome story!! In CA he would have been medically retired if he couldn't heal up in a year unfornately. Nice to see his agency and city make it work..

Trigger @ 2/17/2017 4:41 AM

Officer Shannon welcome back to the trenches!

kevcopaz @ 2/17/2017 6:03 AM

A heroic effort my brother, welcome back. This is the type of individual that I would follow into hell with, dedicated professional. I am proud to be in the same profession as someone like you.

kojack58 @ 2/17/2017 7:22 AM

All police agencies are hurting for good qualified personnel due to the disrespect that the officers have received and being shot at more and more. I hope officer Shannon has no more problems with that leg. Great for you coming back Officer Shannon.

James Tobin @ 2/25/2017 1:19 PM

"The Minstrel Boy to the war has gone..." Just proves you can't stop a tough Irishman! God bless you Officer Shannon!

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