Miraculous Moment For Arnold Officer Shot In Line Of Duty
ST. LOUIS —
It was a miraculous moment for Arnold Police Officer Ryan O'Connor, who was shot in the back of his head in his cruiser by a suspect last month. Officer O'Connor's recovery has been slow but his family says he has made progress.
O'Connor was flown to a Colorado hospital that is one of the best in the country for injuries like the one he suffered. Three other officers from the St. Louis area were treated there, most recently Ballwin Officer Mike Flamion, who was ambushed and shot during a traffic stop in 2016. Officer Flamion remains paralyzed.
Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association knows Officer O'Connor's wife, Barbara, well, having worked with her through the POA on situations very close to the one she finds herself in now.
Roorda talked to The Allman Report about the early days of O'Connor's time in the hospital, where it looked like he would not survive at one point. Roorda was there when a priest was in his hospital room to bring prayers. Roorda says that O'Connor's pressure was rising to very critical levels, but when the priest administered a ceremonial oil, the pressure immediately dropped, eventually returning to normal.
Roorda would later write in a post that the experience may have offered, "proof of God".