PUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo police officer who was injured in a shooting earlier this month is continuing to recover, according to a Facebook post from the department.
Officer Jonathan Bell was shot after he and another officer contacted a man wanted for a parole violation near the entrance of a Pueblo apartment building on April 6, a news release said.
As they approached the man, he ran from them, and the officers followed. During the pursuit, the man pulled out a gun and fired at the officers, the news release said.
Bell was struck in both legs.
Both officers returned fire and fatally injured the suspect, Pueblo Police said.
According to Friday's update, Bell has shot a total of five times resulting in a shattered femur, and muscular and vascular damage.
Bell is a member of the Army National Guard, the post says. Before joining the Pueblo police department, the post says Bell was an active duty member of the US Army Infantry where he served one tour in Afghanistan.
According to the post, Bell and his wife had their first child nine weeks ago.
The post says Bell has been in the hospital since the shooting and has undergone several surgeries.
Anyone who wants to help with Bell's recovery can donate online to the Fallen Officer Relief Fund, is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. If making an online donation, the post says to please note in the “special instructions to the seller” field that the donation is intended for Officer Jonathan Bell.
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