Idaho Officer Shot 3 Months Ago Returns to Duty

Hatley avoided a more severe injury because the bullet struck his service belt. In fact, he said he has no lingering pain and did not have to undergo any rehabilitation or physical therapy.

Officer Charles Hatley of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department returned to duty after suffering a gunshot wound while responding to a call on Feb. 27.

Hatley, a 30-year-old officer in training, has fully recovered, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports.

He recounted the details of that evening, when he and fellow officer Taylor Beach responded as backup to a traffic stop initially made by Officer Kelly Mongan on Hattie Avenue near Government Way.

At the scene, Mongan served an outstanding warrant for the arrest of 34-year-old Curtis Bradley Ware, from Post Falls, a passenger in the vehicle.

Ware became combative and exchanged gunfire with officers, wounding Hatley in the abdomen, before being shot and killed by police.

Remarkably, Hatley avoided a more severe injury because the bullet struck his service belt. In fact, he said he has no lingering pain and did not have to undergo any rehabilitation or physical therapy.

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