From Benton County Sheriff’s Office
Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson is pleased to announce that Sergeant David Peterson is set to return to his first day back on patrol on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm. He will be returning to the exact same shift when on August 11, 2012, he was shot three times: once in the left shin, once in the left knee, and once in the abdomen, just below his ballistic vest, during a gun battle with a wanted fugitive.
Salem Police Corporal Andrew Connolly was also shot once in the right leg and is still recovering from his injuries. Sgt. Peterson and Deputy Greg Goller returned fire and the suspect was also shot multiple times and is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence.
Sgt. Peterson nearly died from his numerous injuries and endured two major surgeries, four surgical procedures, five and a half weeks in the hospital that included two stays in the Intensive Care Unit, eight months of physical therapy, and numerous other medical procedures and hardships throughout his strenuous recovery. He began working desk work in December 2012 part time and has been working desk work full time since May 2013.
Sgt. Peterson said, “It is impossible to ever truly thank everyone involved in saving my life that night and those that helped me through this intense recovery: from Salem Officers Verhaar and Hernandez, Deputy Miller, to the doctors, nurses, and physical therapists to all of the family and friends that provided support. Today is a victory not just for me, but for all law enforcement and the sacrifices they make every day. I am ecstatic to be able to return to the people and job that I love.”
“This event was very traumatic for every employee of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the impacts of this event rippled through the entire County,” said Sheriff Jackson. “Having Deputy Peterson back on the job is a critical milestone for him, his family and for our agency. Jackson said he is proud of Deputy Peterson’s recovery and is thrilled to have him back in uniform doing what we all love to do, keeping our community safe.”