The Abbeville police officer shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect April 3 has been released from the hospital.
The Police Association of Lafayette, a nonprofit group supporting law enforcement, posted on its Facebook page that the officer, identified as Kaitlyn Rudesill, was released from Lafayette General Hospital on Tuesday.
The Abbeville Police Department has not publicly confirmed the identity of the officer, citing the shooting investigation and her privacy.
Rudesill was allegedly shot while attempting to arrest Nahshon Ishmael Brooks, 29, during a traffic stop after reports of a disturbance. Brooks fled on foot toward the 600 block of North Gertrude Street, where he shot Rudesill once in the shoulder, police said.
The police association started a GoFundMe for the officer the day after the shooting, with approval from Rudesill and her family, to seek donations to assist with Rudesill’s medical costs and lost wages until she can return to work.
“Kaitlyn has expressed her overwhelming gratitude for the first responders that came to the scene to help her, the medical personnel who have worked tirelessly to get her stable enough to go home, the law enforcement personnel who didn’t sleep until the suspect was captured and everyone who has so generously donated to help her financially during her recovery,” the group posted.
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The 23-year-old is a full-time police officer while also working a second full-time job, the GoFundMe said. The association said Rudesill will be unable to continue both jobs, and while worker’s compensation will cover a portion of her wages during recovery, it will not compensate for all costs.
Rudesill’s attorney, James Klock, of Lafayette, said she is at home resting and beginning the recovery process with family. He said she is immensely grateful for the community’s outpouring of support.
“People’s generosity in donating through the GoFundMe page is going to go a long way to help her through this time,” he said.
Family members told the police association that Rudesill had surgery to remove bullet fragments from her shoulder and had chest tubes inserted to assist with re-inflating one of her lungs, which collapsed after the shooting.
Klock said out-of-town family members have been staying at an apartment in Lafayette while she recovers. The apartment complex donated the furnished apartment, he said.
Doctors estimated Rudesill will need to undergo months of physical therapy for her injuries, the police association said on the GoFundMe page.
Brooks, the man accused in Rudesill’s shooting, was apprehended in Lafayette Parish after a nearly 24-hour manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Brooks was booked on counts of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm in a firearm-free zone and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held in overflow jail space in Tensas Parish, online jail records show. His bail has been set at a combined $600,000 for the three counts.