A Chicago police officer shot in her head during a traffic stop in Englewood last week was released from a hospital Monday morning after making a videotaped statement thanking everyone who helped her and highlighting the dangers of the job.
Officer Fernanda Ballesteros left University of Chicago Medical Center to cheers from hundreds of officers and well-wishers who gathered to see her, Block Club Chicago reports.
Before her release, she recorded a video thanking people for their support, including her partner who was with her Wednesday when someone in a car they tried to curb pulled alongside them and shot her. It happened at about 5:45 p.m. last Wednesday.
“Thank you to the officers on scene that night of the shooting that acted with such urgency to get me to the hospital,” Ballesteros said from her hospital bed, a bandage covering a wound on the right side of her head.