After being shot during a November manhunt for a wanted felon in Boise, Idaho, Cpl. Kevin Holtry has released statements revealing his paralysis from the waist down. Holtry also revealed that his left leg will need to be amputated above the knee.
Holtry was conducting a yard-to-yard search near Boise’s Central Rim neighborhood for recently released felon Marco Romero with the department’s Special Operations unit. Romero had recently opened fire at party and was considered armed and dangerous. When they found Romero hiding amongst trash cans, he opened fire.
Holtry was hit multiple times. Cpl. Chris Davis was shot through the leg, and K9 Jardo was hit as well, later succumbing to his injuries. Romero was killed.
Holtry expressed his gratitude for the paramedics and SWAT team members who saved his life in the hectic moments following the battle.
“I can’t say enough, and give enough thanks to them for what they did as well to save my life, and keep me able to see my daughters each day, and my mom and dad, and the people I love in my life,” he told local journalists.
Cpl. Holtry will undergo further treatment at Craig Hospital in Denver. He hopes to regain sensation in his surviving leg.