LPD officer shot in January expected to return in 4-6 weeks

A Lafayette police officer accidentally shot in January is expected to return to duty in four to six weeks, according to Police Chief Pat Flannelly.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 5:28 AM
Updated: Mar 11, 2019 12:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette police officer accidentally shot in January is expected to return to duty in four to six weeks, according to Police Chief Pat Flannelly. He said Officer Lane Butler is expected to make a full recovery.

Butler and fellow officers Kurt Sinks and Aaron Wright were searching for a person wanted on warrant at a home on 9th Street on Jan. 8. Body camera footage shows a large dog breaking out of its cage. That's when police said Wright's gun discharged and hit Butler in the upper back.

A review board ruled the shooting was not the result of negligence, but rather accidental.

Flannelly said the City of Lafayette has a very good employee assistance program. He said the department will make sure Butler is ready before she heads back out on the streets.

"The health and well being of our officers is one of my highest priorities," said Flannelly. "I certainly wouldn't put any of our officers out on the street if we didn't think they were mentally and physically prepared to do what they need to do."

Wright was reinstated a few days after the shooting.

Watch the full news conference from the shooting here.

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