(CBS) — It started as a burglary and ended in a 21-hour police standoff.
Harvey police officer Darnell Keel was one of two officers shot. He’s now out of the hospital.READ MORE: COVID-19 Update: Indiana Reports 1,041 New Cases, 7 Deaths
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.
Darnell was greeted with applause and hug after hug at Monday’s City Council meeting, where he was recognized for his bravery.
He was injured at the start of a 21-hour standoff, as two parolees took a Harvey family hostage.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Illinois: 2,666 New Cases, 10 Additional Deaths
Keel was the first to arrive.
“As I was about to leave, the door flung open, the subject jumped off the porch. I turned and looked into the residence. I see nothing but gunfire,” he said.
The officer pushed a rookie cop out of the way. He himself was hit twice; on the ground, he returned fire.
“I’m glad it turned out like this, and I’ll do it again if I had to,” Keel told Edwards.MORE NEWS: 2 Children, 2 Adults Hospitalized After Crash On Lake Shore Drive
Officer Keel will be off the street for a time. He has a plate in his arm, and although the potential recovery time is a month, he says he’ll be back sooner.