BOISE - In just a single day, more than $30,000 has been raised for a Boise police officer who was shot and critically injured on Friday.
"This is just one more example of how the community comes together for it's department and I can't tell you how much we appreciate it," said BPD Lt. Ted Snyder, who is also the Fraternal Order of Police chaplain.
According to a GoFundMe page set up on Saturday, the 17-year veteran of the department sustained "significant injuries and will require long term medical care."
The officer, who has not yet been identified, is still in critical, but stable condition at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
"Keep the prayers coming because we really need them," said Snyder.
Chief Bill Bones said the officer will need reconstructive surgery, and months of treatment. Snyder added that the officer's home may need to be made more accessible.
In addition to the GoFundMe page, which had raised over $30,000 by late Sunday night, donations are also being accepted at Mountain West Bank branches and the Fraternal Order of Police.
A candlelight vigil for the officer is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial in Meridian.
The critically-injured officer was one of two officers who were shot during a search for a fugitive on Friday. The other officer, Cpl. Chris Davis, was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
A police K9 named Jardo was also shot. He underwent surgery at WestVet in Garden City, and lost a lung, but is otherwise expected to recover. He was released to his handler on Saturday.
The suspect, believed to be 33-year-old Marco Romero, was shot and killed by police. Romero was wanted in connection with a double shooting in Meridian Tuesday night that injured two. He was also suspected in the carjacking of an 89-year-old woman on Thursday.
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