BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Batesville police officer shot in the line of duty is now out of the hospital and back home.
Officer Michael Dickinson's fellow officers stood outside the White River Medical Center on Wednesday and applauded as a hospital employee wheeled him out.
They then escorted him home to his family.
Chief Alan Cockrill says Dickinson is feeling better, but "he has a long road to recovery ahead of him."
The chief added that Dickinson must undergo quite a bit of therapy before they know if he will ever return to work.
Though that is the case, Cockrill said it brought joy to Dickinson to see his brothers and sisters in blue surprise him.
"He couldn't talk," said Cockrill. "He couldn't speak. He was right on the verge of emotional and you know how men are. They really hate to cry."
Cockrill said their entire police department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Survival Flight, the administration and staff at White River Medical Center, Independence County Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas Department of Parole and Probation all assisted in escorting Dickinson home in a parade fashion.
He says it meant a lot to them for everyone to get together as one unit for one of their own.
"For it to be the day before Thanksgiving," said Cockrill. "To get him out of the hospital. To know he is going to survive a traumatic incident. It was special for all of us."
Dickinson was shot three times while investigating a domestic dispute on Nov. 3.
Police then shot and killed the alleged gunman, 44-year-old Marvin Stair.
Following the shooting, Dickinson was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and underwent several surgeries.
Accounts have been established at First Community Bank and Centennial Bank for Dickinson's medical and living expenses.
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