Thursday, October 25, 2012
A Salina officer shot in the face during a standoff last month says he is ready to get back to work.
Officer Chuck Huen spoke with KAKE news Thursday night.
In the past few weeks, Officer Chuck Huen says he's had some time to rest and relax.
“Hanging out, doing all the stuff I didn't have time to do while I was working; spending time with family and friends,” Officer Huen said.
But this ten year veteran of the force says he's ready to get back to work, patrolling the streets of Salina.
"I'd be there at 8:00 in the morning,” Officer Huen said.
Officer Huen says the only thing holding him back is doctor's orders. About a month ago, Huen lost his eye after he was shot during a standoff at this home in Salina.
“I remember everything,” Officer Huen said.
Huen and four other officers went to a house looking for a suspect inside. He says when no one would answer the door, they went in. That's when police say 19 year-old Marijon Gadson opened fire on them. Officer Huen was hit in the face.
“I knew that I'd been shot, didn't know how bad I was hurt. I fell down, when I got shot I fell down on the kitchen floor and made the decision that if I was going to die it wasn't going to be in that house on that floor,” Officer Huen said.
With the help of his fellow officers, Huen made it outside and then to the hospital.
In his ten years as a police officer he says he's never been shot at before.
"We live with quite a bit of denial and we probably lie to our families quite a bit about how dangerous our job is and if you get wrapped up thinking about that than you're not thinking about doing your job so,” Officer Huen said.
Even now, Officer Huen says being shot won't stop him from doing what he loves. He says although he may not be able to work the same overnight shift anymore, he does want to get back out in the field as soon as he can.
“I'd go back tomorrow if they'll let me,” Officer Huen said.