LELAND – Town officials have released an update on the condition of Officer Jacob Schwenk,who was shot multiple times Friday in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in the Windsor Park neighborhood.
Schwenk, 34, was involved in the incident, which took place Friday night at about 8:50 in the 1000 block of Bridgeport Way. Town Manager David Hollis said Schwenk was shot multiple times, resulting in several wounds to his “lower extremities.”
The suspect – Brent Quinn – died as a result of the shooting, according to Leland Police Department Lt. Jeremy Humphries.
The officer was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. The officer is now in stable condition after a “successful” surgery, Hollis said.
“He has a long recovery ahead of him,” Hollis said. “We ask for everyone’s prayers of support for his continued recovery now and for the months to come.”
No additional details about the incident has been released by either state or local authorities. The incident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. When complete, results of that investigation will be turned over to District Attorney John David for review.
“We ask for privacy for Officer Schwenk and his family during this time,” Hollis said. “The Town of Leland and its staff have been fully engaged in the support of Officer Schwenk since the incident, both personally and financially … Furthermore, additional expenses for personal needs of Officer Schwenk associated with this incident are covered by the town.”
The Town of Leland is fully paying for Officer Schwenk’s medical expenses, Hollis said. The officer will also be paid his full salary, of nearly $36,000 annually, during his recovery.
Schwenk joined the Leland Police Department as a police officer on April 11.
The town attributed the swift actions of many agencies for saving Officer Schwenk’s life, including; Leland Police Department; the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; the Leland Fire/Rescue; the Brunswick County 911 Center; the Brunswick County EMS; the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
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