KILLEEN (May 15, 2014) The Killeen police officer wounded in a shootout during a drug raid last week returned home Wednesday after undergoing surgery to repair a shattered femur he sustained during the fatal incident.
Officer Odis Denton and several other members of the Killeen SWAT Team got tattoos honoring Officer Bobby Hornsby, a team member who was shot to death last summer.
37-year-old KPD Officer Odis Denton talked with News 10 Thursday and said his recovery would take several months but said was set on returning to the force.
"You're not gonna be willing to quit and lay down you're just going to fight and do what you have to do for the guy you fighting beside," Denton said.
Denton was grazed in one leg with a bullet that then hit his other leg and shattered his femur. Doctors removed the bullet and repaired his femur, but he says he's still getting used to the idea that he'll have to learn to walk again.
But while Denton has returned home his team leader on the KPD SWAT Team has not.
Detective Charles "Chuck" Dinwiddie, 47, passed away Sunday after he was shot during the same raid last week.
Denton said he couldn't believe Dinwiddie was gone when he got the news in the hospital.
"It's been tough not only for me but for a lot of the TAC guys it's going to be tough being that we're here again," Denton said.
"Chuck is a very technical sound guru, there's nothing technical that Chuck would not find out about and answer for you so he's always been that guy."
The fatal shooting echoed another incident that left KPD Officer Bobby Hornsby dead less than a year ago.
In July of last year, Hornsby and another officer were shot when a Fort Hood soldier opened fire at police during a standoff at the Grandon Manor Apartments in Killeen.
After the SWAT team lost Hornsby several of the members got tattoos to remember him by with the initials B.H., Hornsby's badge number, and his end of watch date.
"It's something we hold near and dear to our hearts and something we'll always cherish and remember," Denton said.
Now Denton said while the team mourns another fallen friend they're also thinking of ways to never forget him.
"We all police each other up out there so yeah we'll have something for chuck."