(VVNG.com)- Gabriel Garcia, a 31-year-old well-respected San Bernardino police officer was shot in the head on Friday, August 22, 2014 near 19th Street and Garner Avenue in San Bernardino. The shooter, 38-year-old, Alex Alvarado, was shot and killed by Garcia’s rookie partner during what turned into a gun battle.
Garcia was critically injured in the shooting, but according to reports is steadily showing signs of improvement. A September 3rd tweet by Chief Jarrod Burguan updated officer Garcia’s condition by tweeting.
“Update on Ofc. Garcia. Good day today. Showing improvement. He is regaining consciousness. Please keep him in your prayers.”
Throughout his treatment, although Garcia was placed on a medically induced coma, he has been showing positive signs of improvement. The signs of improvement have not been without complications, but he is showing that he is fighting for his life. Officer Garcia miraculously, after being critically injured by the shooting is now breathing on his own.
From Chief Burguan via 53 Hours Facebook Page:
“Officer Gabe Garcia continues to be in very critical condition, but there are some small improvements we would like to report. Gabe is beginning to show signs of regaining consciousness and is somewhat responsive to those around him. According to his father Captain Ron Garcia, Gabe remains in the fight and continued prayers and support are needed – and much appreciated. Please continue to pray for Gabe and show support in the community by lighting up your porches blue.”
Officer Garcia, a field training officer, and his rookie partner drove up to the group of men in the San Bernardino neighborhood. Alvarado, a heavily armed gang member opened fire on the two approaching officers. The rookie partner was uninjured during the gun battle, but did fatally wound Alvarado causing his subsequent death. Officer Garcia, the son of Captain Ron Garcia, has been honored with vigils praying for his healing.
Facebook page 53 Hours has set up the event Lights On for Officer Gabriel Garcia, which asks those who join to illuminate their porch lights nightly through September 12th.