A Kernersville police officer who was shot early Sunday morning remains in critical condition but is improving, a spokesman for the Kernersville Police Department said Tuesday.
Kernersville police Officer Sean Houle was shot three times with his own gun about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Quinton Donnell Blocker, 37, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on a law-enforcement officer with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officer Blake Jones, a spokesman for the Kernersville Police Department, said Houle is still in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement. Houle is being treated at a local hospital.
Houle's family released the following statement, according to WGHP/Fox 8, the Winston-Salem Journal's news partner:
“The family would like to personally thank Kernersville PD, NC highway patrol, Stokes County Sherrif's Department and the brothers in blue here and abroad for all of the infinite support shown to the entire family. To the first responders who so swiftly cared for Sean and the Wake Forest Baptist trauma team, we couldn’t be more grateful. Also thanks to the local churches, friends and the entire community. Prayers have been answered and God is certainly in this and we have faith knowing He is the ultimate healer.”
According to an arrest warrant, Houle was shot in the face, arm and hand.
Blocker had his first appearance Monday at a hospital, though Kernersville police said he was not injured during his arrest Sunday morning.
LaShanda Millner-Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said she would not comment on Blocker's location. When he was arrested Sunday, he was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $1 million bond. His next court date is March 11 in Forsyth District Court.
As Houle recovers, he is getting support from the Kernersville community. Houle is a K-9 officer with the police department and formerly worked for the Winston-Salem Police Department. He also worked at the Lewisville and Oak Ridge fire departments.