The Douglas County detective who was shot by a suspect Friday afternoon is now responding to stimulus and making “promising progress,” the sheriff’s office said Sunday.
Investigators believe Det. Dan Brite’s close proximity to Parker Adventist Hospital – as well as quick work by doctors and first responders – saved his life.
The shooting happened only a few hundred yards from Sierra Middle School, which was about to release students for the day.
The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Randall Rodick, had been seen with a gun near the school. Officers from multiple agencies surrounded his home, and spotted him carrying weapons and what appeared to be an ammo box between his home and his RV, investigators say.
Rodick started driving the RV, and fired at officers as he headed out of the development, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Brite was hit, and officers returned fire.
The suspect continued across a nearby field in the RV until crashing in front of the hospital. He was shot by a responding officer and died at the scene.
Brite was only a few hundred yards from Parker Adventist Hospital when he was shot.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office listed two ways to help Brite’s family as he recovers: