Officer Modesto who was shot while in warrant service is doing well after having a leg amputated – CBS Sacramento
MODESTO (CBS13) – Officer Michael Rokaitis, a Modesto police officer who was shot while on duty, is said to be doing well after having a leg amputated earlier this week.
Constable Rokaitis was serving a search warrant in early August when he received two bullets: once in his bulletproof vest and once just below, hitting the artery in his right leg.
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On Saturday, the Modesto Police Department announced that Rokaitis was now awake and spending time with his loved ones after the operation.
The incident started when a motorcyclist was seen driving recklessly and fled from an attempted traffic stop. A helicopter from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office followed the motorcycle to a house in Modesto.
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Officers responded at the house and the motorcyclist eventually surrendered. After finding drugs on the motorcyclist, officers obtained a search warrant for the house and entered shortly after 11:30 pm The gunman, Jesse James Brooks, 42, of Modesto, was in the house and opened fire on the officers.
Brooks was slightly injured when police responded, was treated at a local hospital and returned to custody. He was arrested for various weapons offenses and three counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
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No other officer was injured in the shooting.