An officer who was shot last month by a wanted suspect was expected to be released from a Chicago-area hospital Friday, officials said.
The Chicago Police Department issued a statement Friday stating that Officer Adam Wazny, who was shot on Sept. 21, was to be released from Lutheran General Hospital Friday.
CPD officers were to make an appearance at the hospital to “celebrate, support and escort Officer Wazny home,” the statement read.
He’s such a brave, brave patient, no matter how much pain or how badly he felt, he worked through everything,” said Amy Sun, the physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at Advocate Lutheran Hospital. “He’s motivated every day to get better.”
Wazny was expected to continue his recovery at home, according to CPD.
Michael Blackman, 45, allegedly shot Wazny in the 6500 block of South Winchester Avenue in the city's Englewood neighborhood.
In the hours following the shooting, detectives went to a vacant lot on South Hoyne Avenue on the city’s South Side where they believed the suspect was hiding. A gun battle with the suspect then ensued.
Blackman sustained multiple gunshot wounds during a confrontation with police in the afternoon hours and was later taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi initially said on Twitter that the "alleged shooter is believed to be a fugitive wanted by police," and later confirmed that the alleged suspect was thought to be Blackman. He was wanted for shooting a woman while riding a bike in the Fulton River District earlier this week.
The 48-year-old officer was taken in a police squad car to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.
According to trauma surgeon Jane Kayle Lee, the 16-year veteran was shot multiple times, one gunshot wound to the left groin, where a bullet was retained and two other shots in the lower left leg.
Wazny had lost a significant amount of blood, "basically bleeding to death," Lee said. He underwent a blood transfusion and was evaluated for the wounds that caused significant fractures and tears in one of the main veins in the leg.