Houston officer shot in face heads to rehab

Houston officer shot in face heads to rehab

Credit: 11 News

Fellow undercover narcotics officers gathered at the hospital after Salter was shot.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 5:57 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston police officer who was shot in the face during a drug raid last month is out of the hospital and has begun physical therapy at a long-term rehabilitation center.

Rick Salter, a senior narcotics officer, suffered a severe stroke, causing paralysis to the left side of his body after the shooting.

Salter's friends told the Houston Chronicle in a story published today, that he's begun communicating. They say he told his wife that he loves her and asked for fried chicken.

Salter was shot March 5 while leading a narcotics squad serving a search warrant at the home of 29-year-old Wilfido Joel Alfaro.

Police say they yelled they were police officers and Alfaro allegedly shot Salter when the officer stepped into the doorway.

The three other officers returned fire, killing Alfaro.

Doctors had to reconstruct Salter's jaw, and he will remain at a long-term rehabilitation facility for at least a month, with outpatient physical therapy to follow.

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