Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Investigations

December 21, 2004
Print Comment RSS

Fla. Officer Speaks About Being Shot Accidentally By Partner

Injured Man Hopes to Be Home For Christmas

NBC6 News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It's been nearly three months since a Fort Lauderdale police officer was accidentally shot by his partner during a domestic call. Friday, both men spoke out about the incident.

Officer Bill McGarry has been recovering at Broward General Medical Center since Officer Stevens Gelu shot him Sept. 26.

"I was in the wrong spot at the wrong time and forgive him and love him with all my heart," McGarry said.

The shooting happened when McGarry and Gelu showed up for a disturbance call at an apartment. When the door opened, police say a man stood there holding a gun.

Gelu fired, accidentally hitting McGarry, and the suspect retreated inside but later gave up.

"Mentally you prepare yourself - 'What if I have to take a life?' As a bad guy, it would still bother you," Gelu said. "When the end result is that you hurt your brother... I haven't been able to sleep or anything because that's all that's on my mind."

McGarry hopes to be going home in time for Christmas.

"Once the feeding tube is out, I want a bucket of soft ice cream from McDonald's," McGarry said.

The investigation into the accidental shooting continues.






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample