CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — After being shot in the line of duty three days ago, Camden County police officer Patrick O’Hanlon is leaving the hospital and heading home, giving a thumbs up on his way out to signal he is going to be okay.
“He’s sore, a little swollen, in good spirits, but he just wants to go home and be in his own bed and relax and get well,” said O’Hanlon’s father.
He says he’s grateful to be taking his son home, and grateful the incident on Wednesday night didn’t end a different way.
“We are extremely fortunate the the sitation unfolded, that the gun jammed and the suspect was not able to finishe him off like he tried to,” said Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson.
He says Officer O’Hanlon was shot in the leg near Ninth and Chelten Avenue in Camden after stopping a suspicious man.
Even though he was shot, the young officer with, only one year on the force, was able to still apprehend his suspect without another officer, or another person, getting hurt.
“I think it was just his training he got. He just reacted and, from what I can tell, he reacted in a good way,” said O’Hanlon’s father.
“The fact of the matter is the situation was able to be resolved without anyone losing their lives, even the person who was trying to take our lives,” said Chief Thomson.
Officer O’Hanlon is expected to make a full recovery. There is no time frame of when, but his family says he will return to being a police officer in Camden.