The bullet missed his heart by an inch.
Today, more than two weeks after he was shot in an "ambush-style" attack, Deputy Jeff Pelle is headed home.
The Douglas County Deputy was one of four who entered an apartment in Highlands Ranch on New Years Eve, only to be shot as the resident inside opened fire on responding officers trying to take him in on a mental health hold.
Douglas County Deputy Jeff Pelle and three others were wounded in the shooting and rushed to the hospital. Their colleague, Deputy Zackari Parrish, did not survive.
The other two injured deputies, and one wounded SWAT officer, were released from hospitals a few days after the shooting.
Jeff Pelle was shot once, but his dad says the bullet did "extreme damage."
His father, Joe Pelle, is the Boulder County Sheriff.
On Friday, Pelle Tweeted he was discharged and "heading home for some much needed quiet time as I continue to heal."