Officer Brian Arterburn returns to Wichita after nearly 10 months in hospitals

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita police officer who was severely injured in the line of duty earlier this year returned home Wednesday afternoon. 

Officer Brian Arterburn spent nearly 10 months in hospitals in Colorado and most recently Texas. A plane flew flew Arterburn and his wife to Wichita. They were greeted by law enforcement and supporters from all across the city.

"I've missed home. I've missed my children," Arterburn said. "I'm ready to get back to work and serve the public once again. Thank you."

Capt. Jeff Weible said Arterburn will continue rehabilitation in Wichita.

Man charged with running over Wichita officer heading to trial

Officer Arterburn sustained injuries to his chest, abdomen and brain after he was run over by a fleeing suspect on February 7.

"He was assisting with an investigation of a stolen vehicle and a known suspect with multiple felony warrants at a residence in the 2100 block of south Topeka," Officer Davidson said. "The driver fled the residence. As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated and refused to stop. Officer Arterburn was run over by the vehicle, causing multiple critical injuries."

The suspect, Justin Terrazas, awaits trial for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and other charges.

Arterburn fought through numerous surgeries and other complications during his stays in hospitals and rehab centers.

Teen suspect caught stealing from Arterburn donations

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