Wounded Jennings police officer making progress - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Wounded Jennings police officer making progress

Ricky and Carrolyn Benoit. (Source: Facebook) Ricky and Carrolyn Benoit. (Source: Facebook)

Jennings police officer Ricky J. Benoit, who was shot in the line of duty on June 23, is making progress on his road to recovery.

According to the Jennings Police Department’s Facebook page, Benoit sat up without assistance early Wednesday morning for the first time since the incident.

"Ricky's road to recovery has not been easy, and will continue to be tough work," the post read. "He is being transferred to a rehabilitation center in for continued treatment but he is a warrior and will conquer it."

"Ricky asked that we pass on his heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the thoughts and prayers that were sent to him and his family during this difficult time."

An account for Benoit has been set up with St. Martin Bank and Trust in Jennings.

Donations can be made to the Ricky Benoit Benefit at any St. Martin Bank location or by calling 337-824-2300.

Benoit was shot in the neck while responding to a domestic dispute. The suspect, 30-year-old George D. Lowdins, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer by flight and domestic abuse battery.

Police Chief Todd D'Albor said the fundraising effort will help with Benoit's non-medical bills.

The Louisiana Law Enforcement Support group is also selling T-shirts to help raise money for Benoit. You can purchase a T-shirt or make a donation at https://www.booster.com/benoitrecovery. As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, they have sold 256 shirts and raised $3,770.

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