Denver cop faces more surgery after struck by car

Officer was critically injured and underwent about five hours of surgery on Wednesday

By Deb Stanley
The Denver Channel

DENVER — A Denver Police officer hit and dragged by a car during a student protest will need more surgery.

"Ofc. Adsit had a good night, but is facing additional surgeries today," Denver Police said on Twitter. "Critical issues have been addressed."

John Adsit, a 9-year veteran, was on bike patrol Wednesday when students from East High School held an unexpected march from their school, down Colfax Avenue to the 16th Street Mall. Adsit, who patrols the mall, along with other officers, were escorting the students back down Colfax when a driver hit four officers.

Three of the officers were treated and released. However, Adsit was critically injured. He underwent about five hours of surgery on Wednesday.

Police Chief Robert White said Wednesday that the crash appears to have been an accident. 

"We believe the driver had a medical condition," he said.

Thursday, Denver Police tweeted, "Thank you to everyone for your prayers & thoughts of concern."

Reprinted with permission from The Denver Channel.

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