GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Gulfport police officer who was shot two times in the lower abdomen during a traffic stop last Sunday has been released from the hospital. Sgt. Damon McDaniel confirmed to WLOX News Officer Dolton Bradley, 23, returned home after spending a week in the hospital.
Bradley's alleged shooter, 21-year-old Corey Donald Johnson, remains in the Harrison County Jail on a $1 million bond. Johnson made his initial court appearance Monday morning and requested a court appointed attorney.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said it all started on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 23, when Bradley and his field supervisor tried to stop a vehicle a few blocks east of the Seabee base's Broad Avenue entrance for an expired tag.
According to authorities, the driver of the car, later identified as 19-year-old Jasmine White, did not pull over until reaching the intersection of 46th Avenue and 20th Street. That is when police say Johnson and two other male suspects jumped out of the car and took off on foot.
Officials say Bradley gave chase, and the field supervisor remained in the car with the driver.
Papania said Bradley caught up with Johnson, and the two got into a physical altercation. That is when Johnson allegedly shot Bradley twice with a 9mm handgun.
Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Herman Cox said Bradley continued to hold onto Johnson until another officer arrived to help make the arrest.
Police say Johnson, a Gulfport resident, was wanted by the Gulfport Municipal Court on outstanding bench and capias warrants, and he was out on bond for an unrelated drug charge at the time of the shooting.
Authorities say White is charged with hindering the prosecution or apprehension of another for providing false information to officers during the course of the investigation.
Papania said Bradley had been on the job for less than three months at the time of the shooting and had not yet attended the training academy.
"We appreciate all the support that has been given to the police department and the Bradley family," Papania told WLOX in a previous interview. "Officer Bradley's recovery will require time and effort. I ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
We've learned Johnson is scheduled to be in court in mid-January. That's when he is expected to stand trial on a possession with intent to distribute cocaine charge.