Abbeville officer injured in shooting on road to recovery; releases statement

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The Abbeville Police officer who was injured in a shooting is continuing to recover.

On April 3, officer Kaitlyn Rudesill was allegedly shot in the shoulder by Nahshon Ishamael Brooks, according to Abbeville Police Chief Billy Spearman.

Brooks was later captured and faces multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder.

Rudesill was taken to a hospital where it was determined that she had suffered a collapsed lung.

She was released on Tuesday from the hospital.

Rudesill released a statement through her spokesperson, attorney James Klock.

Thank you to my fellow Abbeville Police Department officers and dispatchers. You were there for me when I needed you most. Your continued care and support have made this experience so much easier and less stressful. Abbeville PD has taken care of me like family. Words can’t express how grateful I am to each of you.

I would also like to thank all the law enforcement agencies that responded and supported Abbeville PD in apprehending the suspect.

I am especially thankful for the first responders and the medical professionals at Abbeville General Hospital that stabilized me; for Acadian Air Med for keeping me stable and quickly transporting me to Lafayette General Hospital; and for the medical professionals at Lafayette General who put me back together and kept me comfortable until I was able to return home.

The overwhelming love and support from the Acadiana community has been humbling. The community support has eased my worries and continues to do. Audubon Lake Apartments has graciously provided an apartment for my family allowing them to be close to me. The generous donations received through the Police Association of Lafayette’s GoFundMe campaign, North Vermilion High School and from around the community have and will help more than you can know.

Thanks to everyone’s help, I’m home and starting my journey to recovery.

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