Photo: Denver PD Facebook screen capture

Photo: Denver PD Facebook screen capture

Wounded Denver police Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr., who was shot several times during a December traffic stop, threw out the Rockies' ceremonial first pitch at the team's home opener on Friday, reports the Denver Post.

Lopez was wearing a Rockies jersey with his name on the back and walked onto the field with the help of crutches and a brace on his left leg.

The Coors Field crowd gave Lopez booming applause after he tossed a perfect strike.

Lopez was almost killed during a Dec. 8 shootout with 36-year-old Jason Wood, who was wounded in the foot during a traffic stop near Federal Boulevard and Clyde Place.

Lopez was critically injured in the flurry of gunfire. The seven-year veteran of the city's police department underwent hours of surgery for multiple wounds to the upper and lower parts of his body.

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