By Todd Quinones
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia police officer has been released from the hospital Wednesday. Officer Edward Davies made it through several surgeries and lost a kidney after being shot last month while on duty (see previous story).
As he left Temple University Hospital with his wife Marissa in the front seat, Officer Davies spoke briefly to only to Eyewitness News.
When asked how he was doing, “Good, good,” Officer Davies replied.
On August 13th, the 25th District officer was shot in the abdomen after he struggled with an armed suspect inside a Feltonville mini-mart.
Officer Davies was critically wounded and rushed to Temple University Hospital.
The 41-year-old father of four left the hospital late Wednesday afternoon and headed to a relative’s home to continue his recovery.
At a police commendation ceremony Wednesday at FOP headquarters, top police department brass announced Davies was leaving the hospital.
“He still has a ways to go, but to see him get out of the hospital and go home and be with his family, I’m sure that’s important to him, important to his family and also as a department. We can see him progress and get back to being healthy,” Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel said.
The six-year veteran appeared happy, albeit a little weaker and a little thinner as he left the hospital.
He was joined by 25th District Captain Frank Vanore as he left the hospital.
Vanore says the outpouring of support from the community, which included a blood drive for Officer Davies, is appreciated.
“Everybody has been very good to us and very supportive of the department and the Davies family, and we’ve been trying to do everything we can for them and I think they are happy to be home now,” Vanore said.
The suspect in this case, Eric Torres, 31, faces several charges, including attempted murder.