WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls Police officer is recovering following surgery. This officer suffered injuries to his face including his jaw and teeth following an accident.
Fear shot across the Wichita Falls police airwaves late Friday morning when they heard an officer was down. Officers said his helmet showed significant damage.
When they got on scene just after 11:30 a.m., they found a motorcycle officer had been in a wreck.
"The vehicle was leaving the Applebee's parking lot attempting to cross the intersection," Officer Tim Johnson said. "The motor officer was southbound in that same location on Kemp Boulevard. And the two collided in the intersection."
The officer was rushed to United Regional with unknown injuries, while the occupants of the other vehicles did not seem to be injured.
Police said they never want to respond to accidents like this, but it hits home when it is one of their brothers or sisters in blue.
The incident hits home with all of the officers and puts things into perspective.
"It makes you kind of reflect and pause," Officer Johnson said. "This type of thing can happen to not just any of the officers, but anybody. You could be going about your daily routine and you could find yourself thrust into something like this in a matter of a few seconds."
The department now shifts their attention from working a car wreck to sending their best to one of their own.
All southbound lanes of Kemp and one northbound lane were closed for about an hour while officers worked the scene.
Everything is now back open.
Officers said no arrests have been made.
The cause of that wreck remains under investigation.
WFPD said doctors said the officer is doing well but will be in the hospital for a couple of days.
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