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Wounded cop will return to duty

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Patrolman Tim Harvey, Courtesy APD Patrolman Tim Harvey, Courtesy APD

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

June 27, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany Police Officer shot while chasing a suspect says there's nothing he would do differently.

Patrolman Tim Harvey spoke out Friday, more than a week after he was gunned down in the middle of the night. He said the chase and shooting happened so fast, he didn't even have time to pull his weapon.

Using a walker to get around, Patrolman Tim Harvey returned to the Albany Law Enforcement Center for the first time since being shot last week.

Embraced by fellow officers, he explained his recovery is day to day. "Some times it hurts a lot, sometimes I'm alright," he says.

Harvey describes his chase with a young man police say was Johnny Hill as short and quick. It was Hill's dark clothing and backpack and the fact that he was riding a bicycle in the early hours of the morning that made him suspicious, but what made him approach Hill was the way he looked at another passing officer.

"It wasn't a normal glance as, being a police office you can tell the difference sometimes between a glance at a police officer and an actual stare down as in, is he going to turn around, is he going to keep on riding, am I okay? He gave that, I'm going to have to make sure that officer doesn't turn around look."

A five year veteran who's never been shot at or shot before now, Harvey credits his training for keeping his head.

"I had to go through a course and memorize the colors and numbers as I was running and jumping through fences and everything, memorize the colors and numbers of some pictures they had on the wall so, even before my very first day I was hired they trained me up for that."

"All I new next was to make sure that he got caught, make sure I gave out as much information as I could to my fellow officers, if I can't give out information nobody else can, if I can't call for help, nobody else can. I'm there by myself so I had to do what I had to do."

Harvey was able to tell officers which way the suspect ran, but said without the community's help, it might have taken police longer to make an arrest. For that he thanks the residents and his law enforcement family and plans to return to the streets, with a healthy fear that he claims will improve his edge.

Harvey said it will be six to eight months before he's able to return to active duty.


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