Wounded Officer Out Of Hospital One Week After Shooting

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Just over a week after being accidentally shot by another officer, a Morehead City police officer is out of the hospital.

Family members say Officer Garrett Hardin was released last night from Vidant Medical Center and is now home recuperating.

Hardin was shot in the chest during a training exercise in the parking lot of the police department last Wednesday morning. The SBI says Hardin was shot by Officer Marvin Willis III.

Willis, who has been with Morehead City for just over two years, has been placed on administrative leave while the SBI investigates the shooting.


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State investigators have identified the other police officer involved in last week's training exercise shooting that critically wounded another officer.

The SBI says Officer Marvin Willis III is under investigation for Wednesday's shooting that injured Officer Garrett Hardin.

Hardin remains in fair condition this morning at Vidant Medical Center.

The SBI says Hardin was shot by Willis during training in the police department's rear parking lot.

Garrett's aunt says he was not wearing a bullet proof vest and he was shot in the sternum area, with the bullet going into his right lung.

Willis was placed on administrative leave, which is normal procedure in officer shootings. He has been with Morehead City since September of 2011, according to the town.

The SBI says its investigation is ongoing.


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A Morehead City Police officer who was accidentally shot during a training exercise on Wednesday has had his condition improved.

A nursing coordinator with Vidant Medical Center says that Officer Garrett Hardin is now listed in fair condition. Hardin had previously been listed in critical condition.

A family member previously said the 22-year-old is off a respirator, recognizes family members and is now talking to them.

The SBI continues to investigate the shooting in which they say Hardin was shot by another officer during training in the police department’s rear parking lot.

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The family of a Morehead City police officer who was accidentally shot Wednesday says he's now out of a medically induced coma.

Officer Garrett Hardin is still listed in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville late Friday afternoon.

The SBI says Hardin was shot by another officer during training in the police department's rear parking lot.

Garrett's aunt says he was not wearing a bullet proof vest and he was shot in the sternum area, with the bullet going into his right lung.

The aunt says the 22-year-old is off a respirator, recognizes family members and is now talking to them.

The SBI continues to investigate the shooting, while police have not released the name of the other officer who wounded Hardin.


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The family of a Morehead City police officer who was accidentally shot Wednesday morning says he's in a medically induced coma.

Officer Garrett Hardin is still listed in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville at mid-day.

The SBI says Hardin was shot by another officer during training in the police department's rear parking lot.

Garrett's aunt says he was not wearing a bullet proof vest and he was shot in the sternum area, with the bullet going into his right lung.

She says the 22-year-old was coherent, according to the helicopter crew who brought him to Vidant.

The officer's aunt says the family is very hopeful and they believe he is going to survive the shooting.

Ironically, the officer's grandfather was undergoing surgery at Vidant when the helicopter landed with him.


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Officer Garrett Hardin is still listed in critical condition the morning after he was shot during a training accident.

Morehead City police say Hardin was accidentally shot by another officer Wednesday morning.

Officials say Hardin was wounded during a tactical training exercise and was transported to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

Chief Wrenn Johnson says the officer was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The shooting happened in the back parking lot of the police department.

A man who says he witnessed the shooting tells WITN that it appeared officers were training in and around a police car, and he heard what sounded like several clicks from handguns. The man says one of the guns then went off, wounding the officer who was sitting in the back seat.

The man says he heard them yell "officer down, officer down" and then saw more police running to the parking lot.

The SBI says they are investigating the officer-involved shooting at the request of Morehead City police and the district attorney.

The chief says they are a very strong department and are praying for the officer and his family.


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