As of Wednesday Snyder Corporal Darrell Campbell is still in critical condition but co-workers say he is showing signs of hope after being shot in the head early Tuesday morning.
Medical officials say Campbell still needs a ventilator, but Lieutenant Brain Haggard with the Snyder Police Department says family members say he is beginning to breathe on his own. Campbell was also somewhat responsive and could squeeze his hand.
"Our chief of police is at the hospital. He's been there almost the entire time and we're sending officers up there every single day to sit with the family to see if they need anything," said Haggard. "It hits home hard because we're a small department. The officers are handling it but it's hard on all of us and all the families."
Haggard said Campbell was devoted to his job and was supposed to get off work at 11 p.m. on Monday, but decided to stay late and help his fellow officers with the call load. That's when he responded to the shots fired call at Dwayne Birmingham's home on 26th and Avenue G.
Haggard says 41-year-old Birmingham then pulled out a revolver and from about five feet away shot Campbell in the forehead. Officer Lee Ortiz then fired several shots and killed Birmingham.
"What he did was very difficult but he did what he was trained to do. He is holding up," said Haggard.
Jason Tyler, director of Scurry County EMS, believes that because there is a medical helicopter parked in Snyder at all times crews were able to get Campbell to the doctors he needed to see. "We treat every patient the same but when it is a member of law enforcement or emergency management you feel the pressure," explained Tyler.
While fellow officers and family surround Campbell in UMC's intensive care, community members in Snyder are also showing their support. Police officers and other members of the law enforcement community will rotate sitting outside Campbell's room until he is ready to make the trip home.
Tuesday a candle light vigil was held at the Scurry County courthouse and on Wednesday a sign in the middle of town at Skeets Texas Grill restaurant read "Our prayers are with you Cpl Campbell."
"We're just trying to keep Corporal Campbell in our hearts and keep him in our prayers to show our support for him," said Brian Young, Skeet's manager and former police officer.
If you would like to help out Campbell's family with expenses, donations can be made at the American State Bank in Snyder.
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