Chief gives update on injured OPD officer

Ozark Police Officer Samuel Yoh

“Miraculous improvement” is the way that Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker describes the condition of a law officer hospitalized after a shooting that occurred Thursday, Dec. 12.

Walker said Monday, Dec. 23, that OPD Officer Samuel Yoh’s “most recent surgery went very well and the doctors were able to remove a bullet from his head/eye area.”

Yoh’s other improvements that Walker cited include full body movement, completion of medical personnel commands, raising his arms and legs on his own, breathing without assistance for short periods of time and some sight improvements.

“Officer Yoh is very coherent and regained the ability to hear all conversations around him,” Walker said. “He can routinely acknowledge his family, coworkers and friends.”

Yoh was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m. Dec. 12 after OPD officers responded to a call in the 100 block of Briar Hill Court in Ozark.

When they arrived, officers observed a man walking on the roadway holding a firearm  who began shooting at the officer and his vehicle.

The man was killed by law enforcement gunfire. Yoh was transported to a local hospital where he had remained in critical condition.

An account has been set up for Yoh and his family at Synovus Bank and a page at gofundme.com has been created. The Yohs have a baby on the way and three other children at home.

Donations are being accepted and items may be dropped off at the OPD, 275 North Union Avenue in Ozark. For more information, call (334) 774-2644.

“All of the prayers have been answered and Officer Yoh is on the road to a miraculous recovery,” Walker said. “There is a very long road ahead for Officer Yoh but significant improvements have been made over the past 72 hours.

“His family and the Ozark Police Department want to thank everyone for your continuous prayers and donations for our fallen hero and his family,” he added.

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