Phoenix police officer Chris Bennett (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Officer Bennett appeared at the news briefing with bandages and his jaw wired shut.
Suspected gunman Brandon McCabe (Source: Arizona Dept. of Corrections)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix police officer who underwent surgery after being shot six times said on Tuesday he feels "pretty amazing."
Peter Bennett, 36, who goes by the name Chris, is recovering from gunshot wounds to the right side of his face, his right hip and right arm. He had surgery Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
Bennett, who appeared at an afternoon news briefing at the hospital, walked into the room with bandages on the right side of his face and his jaw wired shut.
"Because I was shot in the face, I truly believed that might be the end, and I immediately thought about my family and my children and that I may or may not be around for them," Bennett said.
On Sunday night, Bennett approached a man on a bicycle in the 2100 block of West Georgia Avenue - an area with a high rate of burglaries. The man, identified in a police report as 28-year-old Brandon McCabe, fell to the ground.
"The suspect rolled over and fired multiple shots at the officer, and the officer returned fire as the suspect ran from the area," Phoenix police spokesman Tent Crump said.
Bennett fired seven to 10 rounds at the suspect, Crump said. McCabe then fled, police said.
"I believe the adrenaline just kicked in, and my body protected me from that pain," Bennett said of the gunshot wounds.
After Bennett was shot, the suspect ran off. Police found him hiding in a shed a short distance away. He suffered bite wounds from the police dog and also had two gunshot wounds to both of his hands but was expected to survive, police authorities said.
McCabe remains hospitalized until police can charge him with attempted murder and a weapons violation. He was released last year from the Department of Corrections after serving five years for burglary and possession of stolen property.
Bennett has been with the Phoenix Police Department for 4 1/2 years. He said he wants to get back into uniform and on the streets as soon as doctors say it's OK.
"No matter how bad a situation gets, you can get through it," Bennett told reporters. "You can survive and make it through the other side."
A bullet remains lodged in his back, and one of the doctors who treated him said they'll probably just leave it there, unless if begins to bother him.
The doctor added, had that bullet gone a little deeper, Bennett might have been a paraplegic.
"Someone was watching over him – a higher power," the doctor said. "That's why he's still with us."
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:43:10 GMT
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