It has just been revealed that a policeman from Las Vegas, Nevada, who was shot in the head earlier this month during a riot over the death of George Floyd, is paralyzed from the neck down. He is also reportedly on a ventilator and unable to speak.
The family of 29-year-old police Officer Shay Mikalonis gave an update on his health in a statement that was posted to Twitter over the weekend.
“Our family can never express our gratitude for all the support for Shay,” the statement read. “We are always Las Vegas Strong and so proud of our community! Please keep Shay in your thoughts and prayers.”
The statement went on to add that though Mikalonis is still in poor condition, he is “awake” and able to recognize family members. They also said that the good news right now is that Mikalonis has been accepted into “one of the best spine rehabilitation centers in the country.”
Sharing with permission from Officer Mikalonis’s family. Since so many of our community is supporting Shay we wanted to provide an update as of June 12th, after the fundraiser held for him. He feels your prayers and positive thoughts. #PrayforShay pic.twitter.com/rpwaxMTCui
— LVMPD Dispatch (@lvmpd_dispatch) June 13, 2020
Officer Mikalonis was trying to disperse a crowd of protesters on the Las Vegas strip on June 2 when one rioter walked up behind him and shot him in the head, according to The Blaze.
During a June 5 court hearing, a judge said that police video shows the 20-year-old suspect Edgar Samaniego “walking by, taking out a gun, and firing…at officers.”
Samaniego has since been arrested and charged with attempted murder along with other firearms and battery charges.
Violent riots have been spreading like wildfire all over the country stemming from the death of Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month. Anti-police sentiments are at an all-time high, meaning that officers are having to put their lives on the line more than ever just to go to work every day and protect the rest of us.
American police officers need our prayers and support throughout these trying times. Please join us in saying a prayer for them, and especially for Officer Mikalonis.
This piece was written by James Samson on June 15, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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