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SC officer shot during traffic stop: 'I feel like a million bucks'

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Officer Kevin McCormick had just started his shift when he made that fateful traffic stop Monday, April 29th.

Saturday, he talked about the events that unfolded around him and why he feels he's lucky to be alive.

"There were a few clues I had that there was something different about this particular stop," remembered McCormick.

About a half-hour into his shift Monday afternoon, Sioux City police officer Kevin McCormick tried to pull over a car on the west side.  He says the car circled the block before it finally stopped.

"As I'm putting the car into park and cracking the door, he got out of the vehicle, turned to me," he recalled.

That was it.

"Within no time at all, started getting some gunfire," McCormick explained.

Seven bullets went through the patrol car's windshield.  McCormick says he zeroed in on the weapon and radioed in.

"I put the vehicle in reverse and ducked down to my left," he remembered.

Officer McCormick made it out of the alley, but he lost track of the suspect.

"I still had the confidence that if this guy jumped out of the car or I spotted him somewhere and he still had this weapon, it was going to be a gun battle," said McCormick bluntly.

A witness pulled up and told the officer that the suspect had run toward the school.  He stayed in constant communication with dispatch.

"Naturally you want to stay in the fight," McCormick admitted.

However, his sergeant gave him other orders.

"I need to stop, I was out of this fight, and they didn't want me to continue," he said.

When the ambulance came, McCormick's thoughts quickly turned to his wife Jessica and ten-month old daughter Wrenn.

"Life as I knew it was going to change forever," she recalled thinking when her husband first called her from the ambulance.

Jessica says she didn't believe her husband, when he told her he was ok.

"I said, ‘babe this isn't a joke, I've been shot in the head.  I'm ok, though,'" laughed McCormick.

She was relieved when she met him up at the hospital.  Just six stitches above the eye, it could have been a career-ending injury.

"You don't equate being shot in the head and living to talk about it," stated McCormick.

McCormick says he's not only grateful to be alive, he's also thankful for the outpouring of support and well wishes he's received from people across the country, and especially from his police force family.

"These guys aren't messing around when it comes time to taking care of one of their own."3#1

McCormick says the first couple of nights were hard to sleep through, not because of his injury, but because he was worried about who the next victim would be.

"If he's willing to shoot at police officers, he's probably willing to shoot anybody."#6

But, now that Jamal Dean's been caught he says he and all of Sioux City, can rest easy.

"You should definitely feel extremely safe in Sioux City." #1

And it can only get safer when this officer, who many now consider a hero, returns to the streets.

"I love this job.  I love coming in and doing what I do."2#6

McCormick is scheduled to return to work next Sunday, but says he may go back as earlier as this Tuesday.

 

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