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December 21, 2004
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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.

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