Two officers shot in the line of duty during the Henry Pratt Mass Shooting are returning to full-duty after spending the past nine months recovering.
“Today is a good day,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Monday evening.
Officer Adam Miller was shot in the face as officers tried to confront the shooter in the early stages of the incident. After he was shot, Miller was heard over the police radio saying, "I'm shot -- still in the fight."
“His resilience and fighting spirit have been an inspiration to us all,” Ziman said.
Miller returns to full duty tonight on APD’s midnight shift.
Officer Rey Rivera also returned to full duty last week. Rivera was shot in the leg during the incident and has spent the last nine months undergoing physical therapy and regaining full use of his leg. Rivera is currently assigned to APD’s day shift.
Three other officers were also shot during on that day in February. Officer James Zegar returned to full-duty shortly after the shooting. Officer John Cebulski and Officer Marco Gomez continue their recovery and are currently on restrictive duty assignments with the department.
“On behalf of a grateful police department, thank you for the love and support you have given our officers as they have fought their way back to wellness,” Chief Kristen Ziman said Monday evening.
We also wanted to take a moment to remember the five employees killed on that day. Trevor Wehner, Josh Pinkard, Russell Beyer, Clayton Parks and Vicente Juarez’s memories will always live on in the City of Aurora and with the Aurora Police Department.