Casper, WY.   –   The Casper Police Department announced that Officer Jacob Carlson, who was shot five times 37 days ago during a traffic stop incident, has been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover at home.

Officer Carlson was shot five times while on duty, May 6th, when he and another officer responded to vehicle complaint in the 1400 block of Fairdale Avenue in Casper. During that contact, a male unexpectedly drew a firearm and engaged both officers in gunfire.

A post on the Casper Police Department Facebook page offered an update on Office Carlson’s condition stating:
“We are especially grateful for the miraculous preservation of Jake’s life and we firmly believe that the thoughts, prayers, and goodwill of our citizens and supporters from across the nation played a meaningful role in his survival. Additionally, we acknowledge the unbelievable speed with which his recovery has progressed. We believe this demonstrates for all to see Jake’s personal strength of will, his fighting spirit, and his dedication to the citizens of Casper.

We cannot express enough our thanks to the community of Casper, the staff and medical professionals at Wyoming Medical Center, and the many law enforcement agencies that have provided assistance to Jake, his family, and to the Casper Police Department. There have been so many acts of kindness and support on Jake’s behalf that we could never list them all in this statement, but we still express our gratitude and thanks to all who came forward with help and support.”

The Carlson family is still asking that people respect their request for privacy as Officer Carlson continues to recover.