Police officer shot during training remains in induced coma

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 08:46 PM.

She said he chose Morehead City because wherever he goes in Havelock he always has people calling out his name, and he thought it would be easier to work as an officer somewhere where he didn’t know everyone.

“He’s such a great kid,” she said, mentioning that he is engaged to be married in May. “He has a lot to live for. He’s young. He’s strong. He’s completely healthy except for that bullet damage.”

Flanagan said that Morehead City Police Department has been supportive of the family since the shooting. She said they set up a hotel for the family to get rest and take showers after keeping vigil at the hospital in Greenville; they set up a cot in Hardin’s hospital room for his mother to keep watch.

She said officers are keeping a constant presence at the hospital to do anything they can for the family.

“The fraternal order of police, that’s what they do,” she said.

Noelle Talley, spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Justice, said the police department and the district attorney requested that the SBI investigate the incident. Thursday afternoon the investigation was still ongoing, and the SBI was consulting with the district attorney.

Police Chief Wrenn Johnson said in a Thursday press release that all commentary and details would be “deferred dependent on the resolution of the NC SBI investigation and or a change in the condition of Officer Hardin.”

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