December 8, 2022

On Sept. 21, 2021 one moment, one trigger, one bullet changed a Dayton officer’s life. Officer Thadeu Holloway was investigating a report of a man trying to use fake money at a store. READ THE STORY:

≫> what about making the final call radio call to >> what about making the final call radio call to my family. call radio call to my family. let them know. i love them. but before i did that, all somehow we realize that i somehow we realize that i was still alive and i was somehow we realize that i was still alive and i was going to still alive and i was going

To give up that easy. so i give up that easy. so i decide to stay in the fight. to stay in the fight. >> and for the last 365 days, >> and for the last 365 days, that fight continues. hello, that fight continues. hello, i’m james brown tonight for the first time since getting shot in the head. we’re hearing from officer holloway investigators said suspect

Responding to a call news center seven’s molly kolak was live outside miami valley hospital a year ago tonight hospital a year ago tonight talking about this story in officer holloway and his wife and they talked about and they talked about what happened to him a year ago >> september 21st 2021. good evening. good things from evening. good things from here in the

Channel. 7 studios. in the channel. 7 studios. breaking news as we break into breaking news as we break into programming. want to let programming. want to let you know a dayton police officer >> one moment from one trigger one bullet that suddenly holloway’s life, a nightmare that came sure that that nightmare started when he went to investigate a report nightmare

Started when he went to investigate a report of a to investigate a report of a man trying to use fake money camera video showed officer holloway walk up to the holloway walk up to the when he turned to face me. i he turned to face me. i knew there was something was there was something was that. and he said the suspect and he said the suspect threw a punch and officer holloway

A punch and officer holloway tased him. instead his hand >> knew i’d been shot. obviously. you know, i thought obviously. you know, i thought of the i knew i was never lost of the i knew i was never lost consciousness. i knew what consciousness. i knew what happened. i knew what i had to happened. i knew what i had to do. so, you know, after i do. so, you know, after

I had returned fire, i was in returned fire, i was in my head thinking i’m going to head thinking i’m going to die for like a split second. for like a split second. he was covered in blood. i was covered in blood. i could feel the blood spinning was covered in blood. i could feel the blood spinning out of my head. i could feel. >> i could taste the blood of >>

I could taste the blood of those are in front of >> i could taste the blood of those are in front of my face. those are in front of my face. i could see it as those pull in front of me rather than wait for an ambulance. another wait for an ambulance. another officer put holloway in officer put holloway in a cruiser and got him to miami cruiser and got him to miami

Valley hospital in 3 and a hanging on for dear he was a former state trooper and former state trooper and he was a heck of a driver and was a heck of a driver and a. >> i know we’re was a heck of a driver and a. >> i know we’re going pretty >> i know we’re going pretty fast so i put my sleeve fast so i put my sleeve just held on well at the hospital.

Held on well at the hospital. his wife amanda was home with his wife amanda was home with their 2 i was giving our kids bags and my phone up main street. you can see that there street. you can see that there are 2 lines of these law enforcement vehicles. >> and then we turned on to >> and then we turned on to main street was just covered main street was just

Covered in off in cars of police cars. >> this is not a good sign. all she could do was wait >> and travel underneath the skin and then came out skin and then came out here. the news was told that skin and then came out here. the news was told that i was the news was told that i was grazed and i will forever hate grazed and i will forever hate that word now

Because i that word now because i was not raised. you know, i’m not raised. you know, i’m just hardheaded. the board basically bounced off my head. >> but he has not basically bounced off my head. >> but he has not been able >> but he has not been able to bounce back completely. officer holloway told me he still dealing with a traumatic still dealing with

A traumatic brain injury, memory issues and headaches. he also has trouble finding words has ringing in his ear and has some hearing and vision loss. some hearing and vision loss. holloway said he’s had trouble holloway said he’s had trouble getting proper medical care. it’s not an everyday injury. and so no one really knows. and so no one really knows. how long this is

Going to take how long this is going to take or what kind of recovery. i or what kind of recovery. i mean, the fact that he’s alive mean, the fact that he’s alive is a miracle, i think and don’t think they know. >> how much better can he >> how much better can he get or what can we do? >> how much better can he get or what can we do? to get or what can we

Do? to get him quote, unquote, back to normal. but one thing that has always been normal for >> she started as a dispatcher 19 years ago and now >> she started as a dispatcher 19 years ago and now works in 19 years ago and now works in the administrative office at national guard in high school and got deployed 3 times and got deployed 3 times plus 9 years as a

Dayton police officer. i think a police officer and a this is a cliche officer and a this is a cliche because ever says it. but honestly, i enjoy helping people. that’s something he >> in january, actually fall with my doctors to at >> in january, actually fall with my doctors to at least go with my doctors to at least go back to work. they want to beat us, stay

Off, work a little longer and couldn’t little longer and couldn’t stay home any longer. he’s now stay home any longer. he’s now in light duty 20 hours a in light duty 20 hours a week. do you want to be back in light duty 20 hours a week. do you want to be back out on do you want to be back out on the streets? i’d love to the streets? i’d love to be back out on the streets.

Back out on the streets. yeah. >> what are your back out on the streets. yeah. >> what are your doctor say? >> what are your doctor say? they don’t know. it’s >> what are your doctor say? they don’t know. it’s it’s a they don’t know. it’s it’s a wait. wait and see game. in the meantime, his memories have brought him back to have brought him back to

The night of the shooting every time an officer in our area has been shot on the job. has been shot on the job. july 12th clearcreek township officer eric ney, july 24th, clark county deputy matthew yates, august 10th richmond police officer seara burton survive. ne is in definitely brings back the night of brings back the night of my shooting. mister feel guilty >>

I survived. and some of them done but at same >> i survived. and some of them done but at same time and them done but at same time and just makes me realize that, just makes me realize that, you know how dangerous being a >> and every day over the last year, holloway >> and every day over the last year, holloway said he >> and every day over the last

Year, holloway said he has had year, holloway said he has had support from the city of support from the city of dayton and his department. the dayton and his department. the police department has been amazing. but during his career he’s noticed a change amazing. but during his career he’s noticed a change in the amount of support for those sworn to protect and serve sworn

To protect and serve it. does this make either sworn to protect and serve it. does this make either one of >> put my family through e-bay shot once and it’s family. shot once and it’s family. he’s focusing on now. my girls >> take care of my family. whatever that entails. whatever that entails. you know, whether it’s going know, whether it’s going back out

To the streets or know, whether it’s going back out to the streets or go in out to the streets or go in a different avenue. i just different avenue. i just want to make sure that i’m to make sure that i’m still here. still able to take >> you know, a long time. >> and that was molly >> and that was molly cohen reporting the suspect >> and that was

Molly cohen reporting the suspect in this reporting the suspect in this case is and twain low. we montgomery county jail tonight november. he pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, but

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