El Cajon (Calif.) Police Officer Tim McFarland said he was scared, as he watched his partner get shot in the head and stumble toward a chain-link fence and collapse.
After realizing his partner Officer Jarred Slocum was down, Officer McFarland relied on the "dummy drag," a technique he learned at the police academy. Officer McFarland holstered his sidearm, moved into the line of fire, hooked his arms around his partner, and dragged him to safety.
Officers Slocum and McFarland, a rookie officer with a month remaining on his field training, responded to a 911 call late Sunday of a man walking outside with a gun. As they set up defensive positions, suspect Kevin Collier, who had set his mother-in-law's home ablaze, began firing on the officers.
In dramatic footage shot by a freelance cameraman, Officer Slocum can be seen pressing the right side of his neck. Later in the video, the wound on the left side of his head can be seen as he is loaded into a patrol car.
Officer Slocum's condition is improving, as doctors reported he was sitting up and talking on Wednesday.