Chicago Police Captain Ed Kulbida returned to work Wednesday after being gunned down two months ago during an Indianapolis police standoff that left one dead.
Kulbida arrived at an Englewood neighborhood apartment complex Oct. 7 to serve an arrest warrant to Daniel Brown, 42, only to find gunfire being shot from inside the building.
A six-hour standoff ensued with U.S. Marshals and police killing one and leaving Kulbida, 58, with gunshot wounds to his head and shoulder.
He was on the ground for nearly 30 minutes while flying bullets kept medics away, but somehow he gathered the strength to walk on his own to a waiting ambulance.
Brown was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault for the fatal triple-shooting.
“It was a very poignant moment when I put this badge back on,” Kulbida told NBC Chicago of his emotional comeback. “It meant a lot.”
You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but a bullet still remains lodged in the right side of his head. Another bullet hit his shoulder and was removed through his back.
“I want to show he didn't defeat me, Kulbida said. “He wanted to take me away from my loved ones and that is not gonna happen.”
Kulbida will mark his 30 year milestone with the Chicago Police Department next year. This is the first time he's been shot. He said he's learned a lesson from his experience.
“[During my time] off, I learned to duck a little bit better and practice moving around so I won't get this big head shot again,” Kulbida said.