Meridian officer released from hospital after being shot
Meridian Police say the officer that was shot following a traffic stop Sunday is "recovering well," and has been released from the hospital Monday.
Police say Officer Kyle Mikowski is now recovering at home.
Mikowski has worked for the Meridian Police Department for one and a half years with eight and a half years previous law enforcement experience.
Meridian Police say they know that the community would like to recognize Officer Mikowski for his bravery, but are respecting his privacy so he can heal.
"The Meridian Police Department gives our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the two citizens who came to the aid of our officer. This is just one of the many reasons we love the Treasure Valley. The partnership between our police and the citizens we serve is like no other," the police department said in a statement.
Police say the traffic stop happened on South Cressida Place around 1:40 p.m. after officers located a vehicle involved with a warrant search.
Officers say a man got out of the vehicle and ran. After a short foot pursuit , the man turned and shot the police officer twice in the legs, according to police.
Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey says the officer was able to return fire and shot the suspect, who has since died.
The officer was taken to Saint Alphonsus hospital and had surgery Sunday to remove the two bullets and stop the bleeding.