Doctors Say Police Officers Are Recovering 'Quite Nicely'

2 Police Officers Remain Hospitalized After Sunday Shooting

Published On: Jan 27 2012 05:49:40 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 25 2011 07:10:03 AM EST
DETROIT -

The wives of police Cmdr. Brian Davis and Officer David Anderson, who are recovering at a hospital after being shot on Sunday at a Detroit police station, spoke about the shooting and their husbands' recovery during a news conference Tuesday at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.

"I thought everybody's role was instrumental in helping our husbands recover," said Davis' wife Tamika Davis.

Tamika was holding a stuffed animal she said was given to her by slain Detroit police Officer Brian Huff's son. Huff was killed in May in the line of duty.

At about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police said Lamar Moore walked into Northwest District's 6th precinct and fired at officers.

"Being a police officer, you know your family might get that call, 'officer down.' But as a wife, I never wanted to get it," said Tamika, who is also a Detroit police officer.

Doctors said Davis was shot in the back and Anderson was shot in the head on Sunday. Both men were taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, along with the other two officers shot, Sgt. Ray Saati and Sgt. Carrie Shultz. Saati and Shultz suffered less serious wounds and were released from the hospital that same day.

"(Davis) was severely wounded, he had quite a bit of blood loss," said Dr. John Weber, who was the trauma doctor on duty Sunday.

Weber said it was clear that Anderson had been shot in the head, but he was coherent.

"Throughout all of this, Anderson was completely alert and oriented," Weber said. "He was actually making jokes and we could talk to him."

Weber said he was most worried about Davis, who had several shotgun fragments in his back.

"He had lost a significant amount of blood. We repaired the injuries in his back first," Weber said. He said Davis also had some injuries to his right hand that were repaired by a plastic surgeon.

Dr. Phillip Friedman said he was the neurosurgeon on call Sunday.

"Anderson was extremely fortunate," Friedman said. "The pellets did not penetrate his skull."

Friedman said doctors removed a blood clot from Anderson's brain.

"The biggest challenge was that he had a large scalp defect we had to repair," Friedman said. "We need to make sure that's going to heal properly."

Doctors said Davis and Anderson were both doing well Tuesday.

Anderson's wife, Peggy Anderson said, she was overwhelmed by the help and support she has received from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee and the entire Detroit Police Department.

"They've been right there with us," Peggy said. "The Detroit Police Department, what a family. They are the biggest, loving family I have ever encountered."

Peggy and Tamika said their husbands were mostly concerned about their fellow officers.

"They don't think about themselves," Peggy said. "There is not one selfish officer out there in the Detroit Police Department."

Tamika said Davis has not talked about details of the shooting yet. She said she is going to let him come around and talk about it when he is ready.

Peggy said she thinks Anderson was the first person shot on Sunday.

"My understanding is that he did not have a clue. He was talking to someone, he said it felt like somebody had hit him in the head with a baseball bat. He did not know he was shot," Peggy said.

Davis and Anderson were still recovering from surgery on Tuesday.

"They both are recovering quite nicely," said Dr. Susan Seman, a trauma surgeon at Sinai-Grace.