How do cops cope after being shot? Just ask one who’s been there.
Tuesday night, NOPD officer Troy Pichon was resting at home comfortably the NOPD told WGNO News. Pichon was shot in the leg the night before while chasing a suspect in Central City.
For now, you can only imaging all the thoughts that are going through the officer’s head, unless you’ve walked in his shoes.
“And the last thing I remember is looking down the barrel of a gun,” New Orleans attorney Jon Steele told WGNO News. In June 2005, Steele was working as an NOPD officer at the department’s Fifth District station.
That night, a man who had just shot two people came to the station with his weapon. Steele tried to arrest him but was shot in the shoulder. The bullet shattered his collar-bone and broke five ribs.
Steele says that he has an idea of what’s going on in Pichon’s mind. He says after he was shot, he worried about how he would support his family. But Steele says his first concern was calling his family to tell them he’d been shot, rather than having it come from someone else.
“I did not want them to be scared when a police unit pulls up at 10:00, 11:00 at night saying you’re daddy’s been shot.”
After his injury, Steele retired from the department and went to law school. Now he practices family law. He says his years as an NOPD officer, with all the domestic struggles he was called to police, help make him an effective lawyer now.
While Steele knows his attack could have had more severe consequences, he chuckles about one lingering effect — it has ruined action movies for him.
“The movies, shot in the arm. You always think growing up as a kid, just shot in the arm, he’s good. No, not happening.”