Law Enforcement Injured In Planned Parenthood Shooting Released From Hospital

Nearly two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, the five injured law enforcement officers have been released from the hospital.

Four Springs police officers and one El Paso County deputy are back at home recovering.

In a joint news release, the two agencies said they have been deeply moved by the community's response to the tragedy.

"In the wake of the Planned Parenthood shooting, the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office have been overwhelmed by the compassion and support shown by our community to the victims of this tragic event."

CSPD and EPSO went on to say that all of the injured law enforcement would still need more time to recover. They extended their hopes that the four injured civilians would have a fast recovery.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder spoke last week of the psychological impact the shooting had on all of the victims, law enforcement and civilians alike. Elder said the emotional wounds will likely take the longest to heal from.

Elder said the lone deputy injured was shot in his right leg.

A sixth law enforcement officer, Garrett Swasey of UCCS, and two civilians, Ke'arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, were killed in the shooting. None of the surviving victims have been identified.

According to an Associated Press report, the six law enforcement injured or killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting was the highest law enforcement casualty count in a single incident in the U.S. in two years.

Experts say law enforcement are wounded in about a quarter of all active shooter cases. Because officers are going into such situations with minimal information and a gunman still firing, it's "the most dangerous call that a police officer can get," Texas State University criminal justice professor Pete Blair told the AP.

While the injured continue on the road to recovery, the accused shooter continues down the path of legal ramifications. Robert Dear, 57, will make his second court appearance Wednesday, where he is expected to be formally charged.