Officer shot at a traffic stop takes first steps

Posted at 7:45 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 00:09:40-05

Gunshot wounds are not enough to stop Denver Police officer Tony Lopez Jr.

A week after he was shot five times at a traffic stop, Lopez took his first steps through the halls of Denver Health. 

The police department shared Facebook photos of Lopez's walk, which he did Tuesday in front of other officers. Among them was his father, Tony Lopez Sr., a commander with Denver Police Department.

The wounded officer underwent his third major surgery on Friday. His sister has said that Lopez already asked repeatedly to get back to work.

RELATED: Sister of wounded officer says brother is strongest person she knows

Two of the bullets went into Lopez's legs and while doctors say recovery will be slow, they have spoken optimistically about his recovery. As the officer's health progresses, Denver Police urge anyone who can donate blood to do so in his honor.

A blood drive is scheduled for Thursday at the Denver Police Protective Association. The building is located at 2015 Decatur Street. 

Donors can make appointments online here with site code 7281.

Call Bonfils with questions at 303-363-2300.

GO, TONY! GO!! Just a week after being critically injured in the line of duty, yesterday, Denver Police District 1...

Posted by Denver Police Department on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


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