Sgt. Carpenter released from hospital after being shot

CREATED Dec 20, 2012

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Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police Sgt. Bob Carpenter has been released from the hospital after being shot in the head.

Tucson Police Officer President Bill Bonanno posted on their Facebook page that Sgt Carpenter left the hospital to return home, where he will complete his physical therapy on an out-patient basis.

This comes just a little more than a month after he was shot in the head, said Bonanno.

On his way home, Sgt Carpenter made a stop at the Midtown Police Station.  Carpenter promised everyone there that he would return to work within 6 months.

Back in November, police were investigating 9-1-1 calls of burglaries in progress in the 4000 block of East Elmwood Road.

Sergeant Robert Carpenter was among those responding to that second call.  Roughly 10 minutes after officers had cleared the scene, Chief Roberto Villasenor says Carpenter was shot.  None of the officers saw who pulled the trigger.
Roughly ten minutes after that second call, the scene was supposed to be safe.
"They were still standing at the property when a loud noise was heard, and one of our officers, identified as Sergeant Robert Carpenter, fell," said TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor.
Villasenor says officers pulled Carpenter to cover, not knowing where the shooter was, or if he had bigger plans.
Sgt. Carpenter was taken by ambulance to University of Arizona Medical Center, with a gunshot wound to the head.