Chief gives update on injured OPD officer

Ozark Police Officer Samuel Yoh

“A reminder of God’s almighty power,” 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 Thursday, Dec. 26, that OPD Officer Samuel Yoh’s condition continues to show “signs of significant improvement and has reminded everyone of God’s almighty power.”

A bullet was surgically removed from the eye area of Yoh’s head, Walker said. “There has been significant improvements with Officer Yoh’s health conditions and we continue to ask everyone to pray for a complete recovery for him.

Yoh’s other improvements that Walker cited include full movement of hands, arms and legs, opening of both eyes with almost full vision, recognition of family and friends, the ability to stand and sit in a chair, the ability to walk short distances with assistance, the ability to speak fluently and the ability to feed himself.

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

“We also respectfully ask that only family, close friends and law enforcement visit him at this time,” Walker added. “Officer Yoh has a long road ahead of him and we have to allow time for rest and rehabilitation.”

Walker said that cards or letters for Yoh may be sent to the Ozark Police Department, P.O. Box 1987, Ozark, Alabama, 36361.

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