Friend: Vrooman will be ready to serve after recovering

Friend: Vrooman will be ready to serve after recovering
Friend Phil Mclendon
Friend Phil Mclendon
Officer Martoiya Lang
Officer Martoiya Lang

(WMC-TV) - Two Memphis police officers were shot while serving a search warrant around 8 a.m. Friday.

Officer Martoiya Lang died, and William Vrooman was released from The MED Friday afternoon.

Lang's fellow officer William Vrooman was lucky.

A bullet went through his leg narrowly missing a major artery.

Friend and fraternity brother Phil Mclendon visited with Vrooman and wants the community to know how the officer is recovering from that deadly day.

"He knows what goes on in the city every day, he puts on his gear and hits the streets he knows it could be his last," said friend Phil Mclendon.

Because he works undercover, we can't show you officer William Vrooman's sweet smile, or the way his eyes light up when he's with his family.

"He has three children and he has a really big passion for children, and he's very committed to serving his community and protecting his community," he said.

Phil Mclendon was shocked Friday when he learned Vrooman, his friend and fraternity brother, was shot in the leg by an armed suspect.

"The bullet actually missed his femoral artery by inches he's very blessed to be alive," said Mclendon.

Mclendon visited Vrooman just hours after he was released from the hospital.

"William is exhausted right now I could see it in his eyes," he said.

Vrooman is also hurting emotionally as his partner Martoiya Lang did not survive the shooting.

"I feel like William is hurt from this incident that he couldn't do more," said Mclendon.

Mclendon said despite what he's been through Officer Vrooman is not backing down.

As soon as he's cleared for duty, Vrooman plans to head back to the streets to protect and serve.

For full coverage on the two officers who were shot, click here.

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