Friendship police chief speaks out after being shot

(WMC-TV) - Friendship Police Chief Bill Garrett remembers every detail about the night he was shot off duty in at robbery at Dollar General two weeks ago.

"I feel pretty good, a little sore, getting around a little slow, don't have a lot of energy," said Chief Garrett.

Chief Garrett says he witnessed a miracle inside the Dollar General store that night.

"The way I was shot, the gun had to be at a perfect angle.  I had to be at a perfect angle for the bullet not to hit anything important," he said.

Chief Garrett was shot in the upper abdomen.

The bullet grazed his liver and came out his back.

"It was quite a thud, wasn't excruciating, but it was like you take a child's baseball bat and take a shot to the abdomen as hard as you can take it," continued the chief.

On May 18, Chief Garrett and his wife had gone just down the street to shop at the Dollar General.

Garrett said suspected shooter Craig Barbee walked in, forced everyone inside to the back of the store and robbed them.

That's when the two got into an altercation and the chief says Barbee shot him.

He said he does not know if he was at the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time.

Garrett says his faith in God is the only thing that got him through that night.

"He may have used me to get this guy off the streets, I'm hoping, for a very long time. Not so much to kill me but I don't think this would have been his last time," added Chief Garrett.

Suspected shooter Craig Barbee has plead not guilty to charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated robbery and especially aggravated robbery.

Chief Garrett said it will be several weeks before he returns back to work as the city's only full time cop.

Chief Garrett also wants to thank everyone at the MED, the Memphis Police Department, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for taking such good care of him and his family during the time he was in the hospital.

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