Texas Officer Shot in Face Loses Right Eye

A Conroe police officer who was shot in the face while on duty on Saturday had surgery to remove his right eye.


CONROE, Texas --

A supervising officer with the Conroe Police Department who was shot in the line of duty underwent surgery Monday to remove his right eye, according to his family.

Sgt. James Kelemen was responding to a call at Flower's Baking Co. in Conroe at 4 p.m. Saturday, where police said a man was threatening an employee with a shotgun.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Kelemen was shot in the face by James Richard Hill, 54. Kelemen received wounds to the forehead and the eye.

Despite losing sight in his right eye, Kelemen's family members said he is ready to return to work.

"I'm proud of him. I mean, what else can you say?" said Chris Kelemen, the officer's brother.

Kelemen is a husband and father. Family members said he is in good spirits and talking about work.

Kelemen said he wants to make sure other officers on the scene are given credit for saving his life.

Officers returned fire at Hill and he died at the scene, police officials said.

Police said they believe Hill had a relationship with one of the employees who had locked herself in the store.

Keleman is a six-year veteran of the Conroe Police Department. He is one of three brothers who are officers. Their father is a police captain.

"We all take that responsibility on when we're sworn to protect and serve, and he did it," Chris Kelemen said.

James Kelemen is listed in stable condition.

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