Wife of officer shot in head speaks out
The trauma surgeon who operated on Sgt. Robert Carpenter spoke Wednesday night, along with the officer's wife. Video by kgun9.comvideo
Cindy Carpenter, seen here in red, speaks to the media at a press conference regarding her husband, Sgt. Robert Carpenter. Sgt. Carpenter was shot in the head early Sunday morning.
Reporter: Cory Marshall
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A soft spoken Cindy Carpenter, flanked by a friend and family pastor, opened up about how her husband, Sgt. Robert Carpenter is doing during a press conference Wednesday evening.
Sgt. Carpenter was shot in the head early Sunday morning while responding to a burglary.
She says her two children; ages 14 and 18, are doing the best they can given the circumstances.
"Police officers have a very dangerous job and sacrifice for this community," Mr.s Carpenter said.
Dr. Peter Rhee, Chief of Trauma at the University of Arizona Medical Center, is one of the men who saved the life of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He says Sgt. Carpenter is wide awake and talking.
"The only thing we can say is that the bullet did enter his brain and he did have brain injury," Dr. Rhee said.
Dr. Sergio Rivero is the neurosurgeon who operated on Sgt. Carpenter. Rivero says the surgery the 46-year-old underwent to reduce brain swelling, is similar to what former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underwent after she was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 by Jared Lee Loughner.
Meantime, Sgt. Carpenter has been downgraded from critical to serious condition.
Thursday, Mrs. Carpenter also thanked first responders and the Tucson Police Department for their support and help.
"You don't know what you're going to see when you walk in the door, but he's my husband and I'm glad he's here," Carpenter continued.
There are no details yet on the trajectory of the bullet, as that is part of the ongoing investigation.