Velda City officer honored for bravery following shooting

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VELDA CITY, MO (KTVI) – Wednesday night the Velda City police chief released video for the first time of a suspect shooting at one of his officers.

The Velda City police chief wanted to honor his detective for his bravery and shed some light on what officer have to face each and every day.

For the first time that officer spoke about the incident, after video from police dash cam showed the suspect fire and hit the officer.

The shooting took place in September of 2014, around midnight in the 5800 hundred block of eagle valley.  Police say 27-year-old Eric Fowler was trying to break into a home. Detective   Michael McCarthy says as a police officer, you never know what to expect on a call.

Investigators say when officers arrived, they saw Fowler scurry to get into a gray Dodge Avenger and try to get away.

Later in a confrontation with Fowler, McCarthy was shot in near his gun belt.  McCarthy says he’s lucky to be alive.

A humbled Mcarthy was honored by tonight`s award, and will receive the Medal of Valor next month.

Fowler was convicted for assault and armed criminal action upon an officer.