DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Brite continues to make progress in recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered while trying to capture a suspect in early September.
The sheriff’s office said Friday Brite is awake and alert and is communicating with his family. He can now eat and breathe on his own – another significant improvement in his recovery.
Brite was shot once in the chest by Randall Rodick, who was also shot and killed in the incident near Sierra Middle School in Douglas County.
And though he is progressing, the sheriff’s office says he still faces a long road to recovery. That’s part of the reason the community held another blood drive in Brite’s honor Friday.
Sixty-five people turned out to the sheriff’s office’s Highlands Ranch location to give blood Friday, which makes more than 200 who have donated since Brite was injured.
His family is still accepting donations for his recovery as well. Click here to find out how to support the efforts.