Officers responded to 911 calls reporting a
man walking around the 1100 block of Sipple Avenue shooting rounds in to
the air. Upon arrival, authorities say they found 18-year-old Brandon Keeler
firing shots with an assault rifle.
Keeler then fired at officer Chad Stafford, injuring him with a
bullet that grazed the top of his head.
Police Chief Scott Scrimizzi says that although injured, Stafford
never took his eye off the suspect and was able to return fire, striking and
Stafford communicated with dispatch himself to tell them he was
shot and request an ambulance. Air care responded to the scene and transported
him to UC Medical Center.
44-year old Stafford, a 16-year-veteran of the department, is a
firearms instructor and former K-9 handler. Chief Scrimizzi says the force-on
force-scenarios Stafford was trained in saved his life.
After receiving stitches to
his head wound, Stafford is reportedly in good condition and expected to make a
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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