Unable to walk, with recovery uncertain, wounded Calif. cop struggles to rebuild her life

Brent Hopkins, Staff writer
The Daily News of Los Angeles
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Officer Kristina Ripatti feels cold all the time. Her fingers tingle.

Harsh red scars dot her otherwise smooth, tanned right arm. The tough cop who earned respect on the streets now sits in a wheelchair.

"Running around, chasing people, that's what I wanted to do," she says. "I loved it. I didn't even want to take vacation."

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