Police officer shot during traffic stop recovering at home
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
An Orlando police officer who was shot during a traffic stop, but still managed to help apprehend the shooting suspect, was released from the hospital this week, his father tells FOX 35.
Michael Hajek said his son, Ofc. Jason Hajek, was released from Orlando Regional Medical Center on Tuesday and is now resting and recovering at home.
The 24-year-old pulled over a car for a traffic stop in the early morning hours of July 23. Investigators said there were two were people inside the vehicle. Police said Ofc. Hajek began walking to the car when the driver, Demtrius Patterson, opened fire.
Hajek was hit below his bullet proof vest. His parents told us they counted the seconds until he woke up from surgery.
"He still had the tube down his throat until they finished the CT scans," said Michael Hajek. "But he was actually communicating; hand signals; writing notes out."
Ofc. Hajek is an Orlando native and has been on the force about a year-and-a-half.
Patterson, 23, was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm.