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Injured Killeen Officer Speaks Out on Deadly Shooting

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(KCEN) – “I took a step with all my gear on, and just fell back,” Killeen Officer Odis Denton had been shot in his upper left thigh. It wasn’t until later that he noticed his SWAT brother Detective Chuck Dinwiddie lying on the ground in front of him.

The two officers were rushed to the hospital after being shot while trying to serve a drug warrant Friday morning around 5:30. Dinwiddie passed away at the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Denton was able to come home on Wednesday, with dozens of officers escorting his ambulance from Scott and White all the way to his home. But on Thursday – away from the hospital – Denton says it finally started to sink in.

“This Sunday was …” Denton paused. “I just didn’t want to believe it at the time. In my mind I was thinking, no this isn’t happening. Chuck, he’s in the room across from me and he’s fighting too.”

He couldn't believe it was happening again. Ten months ago he was on a call with the SWAT team when officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed. 

Coming face to face with just how dangerous the job can be, Odis says he's ready to get back to the work. "It's just a mentality. You get up, put on your boots, your vest and uniform knowing in the back of your mind there's the potential this could be the last day leaving my family," he said.

And seeing the overwhelming support from his community, and from complete strangers - he says that's what makes serving the community so great. "It makes you get up, and want to make a difference and impact because of all those people that support you and have your back," Denton said.

He says it will probably take a few months to recover after the bullet went through the inside of his upper thigh and shattered his femur. Although he's ready to return, he knows it won't be the same without his fellow officer. "He's going to be deeply missed, deeply missed by our tactical team. He was a wealth of knowledge taht is irreplaceable... irreplaceable," he said. "Chuck was a warm hearted guy who always saw the good in people; just one of those guys who brings a smile to your face."

Denton says he will be front and center at Friday and Saturday's services to honor Dinwiddie. There are funds set up for both Denton and Dinwiddie at Extraco Bank.

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