A Missouri police officer wounded in a shootout Tuesday that left another officer dead is not expected to recover from his injuries, his chief said Thursday.
Joplin Police Officer Jake Reed is on life support but is expected to pass away after his organs are harvested, The Joplin Globe reports. Chief Sloan Rowland thanked Reed, a five-year veteran of the department, for his service, and he asked for prayers for the family.
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"After consulting with family, and with their permission, we are sad to inform you that Jake will not recover from his injuries," Rowland said. "Jake is an organ donor, and plans are underway for Jake's heroic actions to bring life to people needing organ transplants."
Reed and Cpl. Ben Cooper were shot by a suspect while responding to a disturbance at a shopping center. Cooper died Tuesday.
While fleeing, the suspect shot another officer before killing himself after he was shot and wounded by police. Officer Rickey Hirshey, a department veteran with over 20 years of service, is in serious but stable condition.
"Rick is going to face some serious challenges in the days and months to come as he recovers and most likely a series of surgeries to fix the damage that's done," Rowland said.