Pictured, from left to right: Investigator Steve Hough, Investigator Todd Watkins, Investigator. John Merchant, and Investigator Jeff McGill. (Photo Credit: PoliceOne)

“I got shot in the face”: How One Police Officer Survived and Healed

In this PoliceOne "First Person" essay, one contributor tells his story of how he was shot in the face while on duty as a police office, and survived.

In this PoliceOne “First Person” essay, one contributor tells his story of how he was shot in the face while on duty as a police office, and survived.

Steven Hough tells his story to PoliceOne,

Sixty rounds fired in ten seconds — 60 rounds, 10 seconds. That sounds like something out of a movie, but it isn’t — it wasn’t. Tactical training and a proper mindset had prepared me for a day like this, but I quickly learned I hadn’t prepared enough.

It was interesting to read my partner’s story last week in this space — how he felt like he was collateral damage.

I don’t see it that way.

Everyone was shot that day, even though I was the only one to take a bullet.

The Incident
Friday, December 9th, 2011 started off with four of us planning to go out for dinner and ended with all four of us in a hospital. The house we had surrounded was quiet until just before 1400 hours. The suspect initially exited the residence and made a loop into the front yard — an obvious attempt to scope out perimeter units.

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