LOVELAND, Colo. - Family of a wounded Loveland police officer are thanking the community for their support and calling the officer's ongoing recovery a "miracle." The statement was released Friday through the police department's Facebook page, just a few hours before the department announced he was released from the hospital.
"We are completely overwhelmed at the outpouring of love, support, and generosity, from our family, friends and community during this horrific event," the family of Officer Garret Osilka wrote.
Officer Osilka was shot in the chest Sunday night during a traffic stop at 17th Street and North Wilson Avenue. Osilka was able to radio for help and said he returned fire as an older blue Jeep sped away.
Osilka was taken to the intensive care unit of a local hospital for treatment and recovery.
"We are eternally thankful to God for granting us such a miracle. Garret continues to improve every day and we are praying for a full recovery," the officer's family wrote.
Tuesday, 23-year-old Cody Alan Powell called Fort Collins Police and turned himself in. Less than an hour later, he was handed over to Loveland police and charged with attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and first-degree assault.
-Full text of the post from Loveland Police:
"The Loveland Police released the following at 2:30 this afternoon
"Thank You from the Osilka's
"We are completely overwhelmed at the outpouring of love, support, and generosity, from our family, friends and community during this horrific event. We don’t know where or how to begin to say, “Thank you!” We are eternally thankful to God for granting us such a miracle. Garret continues to improve every day and we are praying for a full recovery.
"Thank you for respecting our privacy to this point. Like most of you, our home is our castle and our refuge. We ask that when Garret is well enough to return home that you continue to respect our privacy.
"The Osilka Family
"Officer Osilka was the Loveland officer that was shot during a traffic stop last Sunday night."