Cpl. Derrick Couch takes steps toward recovery

Cpl. Derrick Couch continues long road to recovery
Cpl. Couch (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Cpl. Couch (Source: WMC Action News 5)

CLARKSDALE, MS (WMC) - A Clarksdale police officer who was shot in the head just over five months ago is making amazing strides.

Corporal Derrick Couch was shot while responding to an armed robbery call on February 13. He spent months in the hospital before he was able to come home April 20.

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As Couch left the hospital, he said prayer got him through the months of rehab, but that wasn't the end of his journey.

Now, Cpl. Couch is walking with only a little help from a nurse.

"I feel like a baby," Couch said with a laugh.

Couch is back up and moving and taking his first steps towards the future.

"I just thank God because I can move," he said.

Three months after leaving the hospital, he is able to walk, do squats, and exercise.

Couch was given a hero's welcome in April after being in the hospital for 67 days.

"I was in tears when I got home," Couch said.

Last month, Couch had a piece of his skull put back on and is improving every day.

Couch said it is heartbreaking to turn on the television and see police shootings all over the world.

"The black and white folks- they should be one in all, should want peace, and believe God is going to make it better," Couch said.

The men who shot Couch are in jail, but he said he has forgiven them.

"I still forgive them, because God told me to forgive them."

He is still on the force and said he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's bad, but the way things have been going every day, I would do it again. I'd do it again."

Cpl. Couch will continue to go to therapy five days per week, but he said he is feeling better every day.

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