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Prayer Vigil for officer shot in the line of duty

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SNYDER, TX (KCBD) -

The community of Snyder gathered to pray for a local officer who was shot while on duty. Corporal Darrell Campbell is fighting for his life in a Lubbock hospital after being shot in the head Tuesday morning.

Amy Sartain, a close friend of Corporal Darrell Campbell and his family, joined with many others at the Scurry County Courthouse gazebo Tuesday night.

There were a lot of tears and emotion as everyone came together to support the man who protected them for years. Sartain says they are using the power of prayer to send Campbell home.

Since most of Campbell's family is in Lubbock, Sartain is helping take care of two of his young daughters, Shyla and Rylin. She says they are coping in a stressful time and using prayer to get through it.

Snyder police say at 12:25 Tuesday morning Campbell and Officer Lee Ortiz responded to the a report of "shots fired" in Snyder. Police say as the two officers were talking to a man, he pulled a gun and shot Campbell.  Officer Ortiz then returned fire, killing Dwayne Birmingham.

Meanwhile, back in Lubbock the Lubbock Police Department is also showing support. Sergeant Jonathan Stewart says they have extra officers at University Medical Center to stand guard and to support both Campbell and his family.

"It is a brotherhood for police, whether they are in Lubbock or another city in Texas or really anywhere. It feels like a brother. So when that happens to one of our brothers we want to step in and help any way we can, there is a pretty deep connection there," said Stewart.

There is a trust fund set up to help with costs associated with medical bills and travel. If you would like to make a donation you can go to any American State Bank under Corporal Darrell Campbell's name.

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