OKLAHOMA CITY - A Chickasha officer who was shot while serving a search warrant is now stable according to family and friends who are praying for a full recovery.
On Sunday morning, Chickasha police were trying to serve a search warrant at a home near S. 4th and West Country Club road.
“It was crazy,” Josh Hale said.
Hale said he was in shock when he heard seven officers were wounded while trying to search a search warrant for 61-year-old Alex Klingler, who’s accused of trying to kidnap and assault a woman earlier in the day.
Officer Daniel Ramirez and Sgt. Matthew Schoolfield, two of Hale’s good friends, were both shot.
"I've been in the same unit with them for about 10 years now. They went to Afghanistan with me and then we just got back from dealing with the hurricane in Texas. So, we've been through quite a lot together,” Hale said.
Ramirez was treated and released from the hospital.
Schoolfield was left critically injured, but is now stable.
"He's probably going to keep the arm. That's what they've been trying to get done. The two surgeries he had already, they've been trying to get some things repaired,” Hale said.
Family and friends are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.
"Being a three time combat veteran, you don't expect to come home and have something like that happen in your back yard,” Hale said.
Hale created a Go Fund Me page to help Schoolfield’s family with medical costs.