GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Coast police officer who survived two bullets to his stomach two months ago is now back at work, but he's not on patrol just yet.
"He's working a light duty status with the department," said Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel about officer Dolton Bradley. "He's working an administration type position until he is cleared from his doctor to return to patrol.
Police say Bradley was shot on Nov. 23, 2014, when Bradley and another officer tried to pull a car over.
Investigators report as soon as the driver stopped near 20th Street and 46th Avenue, several people took off running, and the officers followed. That's when police say Corey Johnson tried to jump over a fence but fell down and Bradley jumped on top of him.
Detectives report Bradley told them he was shot while he was trying to put Johnson's hands behind his back to be handcuffed. His bullet proof vest rode up during the struggle, leaving his stomach where he was shot exposed.
An investigator said after being shot, Bradley was able to knock the gun out of Johnson's hands and hold him down. The other officer tried to subdue Johnson with a Taser, but it didn't work and a third officer arrived and was able to arrest Johnson.
Johnson is charged with attempted murder. If convicted of that charge, he faces 20 years to life in prison.
As for Bradley, McDaniel says the new officer is scheduled to attend the police academy sometime this year.