Parik Singh looks forward to returning to police work

The Portland police officer critically wounded on March 6 has been released from the hospital.

Parik Singh is home resting with his family. He is expected to fully recover.

'I want to express my thanks to everyone for their kind words and support over the past 10 days,' Singh said in a prepared statement. 'I'm still trying to understand what happened on Sunday, March 6, and have a long recovery ahead. I look forward to the day I can again put on my uniform and resume patrolling the streets of Portland.'

Singh was shot in the abdomen during an incident that began when police stopped by the Southeast Portland of Ralph Clyde Turner to check on his welfare. They were met by gunfire from within the house and Singh was shot when he responded to a request for backup help.

Singh was pulled to cover by a number of other at the scene and transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.

'The doctors and medical staff at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center saved my life, and to them I am forever grateful,' Singh said.

'I'm glad that our team was able to help Officer Singh with his injuries,' said Legacy Emanuel trauma surgeon Dr. Arvin Gee. 'While he still has a long recovery in front of him, I have been really encouraged with his progress and am optimistic that he will make a full recovery.'

Turner subsequently surrendered to police with further incident. He has been indicted on 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm and one count of first-degree assault. Turner pleaded not guilty to the charges during a Tuesday arraignment.

Singh also thanked the police who pulled him to safety.

'I want to thank my fellow officers for risking their own lives to save mine: Officers Richard Storm, Adam Barr, Sara Fox, Justin Clary, Davonne Zentner, Andy Feist and Sergeant Scott Montgomery, among others, put themselves at great risk to get me immediate medical attention. I have never been prouder to be a Portland Police officer.'

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