Injured Denver Police Officer Tony Lopez Jr. ‘grateful’ as he’s released from hospital

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DENVER –- Tony Lopez Jr said he was very grateful for everyone who helped him after being shot while on duty earlier this month.

Lopez was released from the hospital Thursday following the shooting during a traffic stop in northwest Denver on Dec. 8.

Lopez told reporters that in the moments following the shooting he had been thinking about his pregnant wife – who was sitting beside him at a news conference before leaving the hospital. Lopez said he knew that he needed to stay alive to see his baby be born.

Lopez told reporters that he usually works New Year’s Eve, but this year he’ll get to spend it home with family.

 

After several surgeries and about three weeks in the hospital, Lopez said he had lost 25 pounds.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Lopez said he is still having problems using his left foot and he’s waiting for the nerves to come back.

However, Lopez was adamant that when it comes time, he will walk his baby – due in the spring – out of the hospital without needing crutches or a wheelchair.

Lopez remarked that many things are taken for granted and that Thursday was the first time since the shooting that he was able to wear his contacts.

One other thing he’s looking forward to: seeing his dog. Lopez told reporters he had been using Snapchat with his wife and his dog would go crazy every time it heard his voice.