Officer Johnny Bell has a long recovery ahead of him. But people from the community showed their support for him Thursday at a fundraiser.
The Fort Worth motorcycle officer was at an auto repair shop on Carson Street and Highway 121 on Jan. 29 when he was shot three times by 32-year-old Cody Loron, a drug suspect who had been trying to get away from Haltom City police.
Loron didn't survive the shootout. Bell almost died too when one bullet that hit his groin came close to an artery in his hip. He also lost a finger on his left hand and still needs another surgery on his eye.
Police Chief Jeffery Halstead said he's keeping a close tab on his officer while he recovers.
"He'll probably be sad for a while. It'll be a long road to rehabilitation. He has tons of support not just from this office, but from thousands of residents," he said.
Some of those residents, friends and co-workers gathered for a fundraiser organized by DFW Chili's restaurants. Ten percent of Thursday's proceeds from 20 locations will be donated to the injured officer.
Bell is a frequent customer at the Chili's on University Drive. They even know his order by heart.
"He's been one of our regular customers for a couple of years," said Vickie Williams, a friend at the restaurant. "We wanted to take care of him."
For a guy who has spent an entire career taking care of others, it's a turn of the tables to have others giving back.
"I can't tell you how overwhelmed I am by all this," Bell said.
The fundraiser runs through 11 p.m. and will happen again next Thursday. For more information about locations, visit www.facebook.com/InsideFWPD.
KDFW FOX 4
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