Olive Branch officer speaks out about shooting; relief fund website launched

A Mid-South police officer shot on the job is speaking out about the incident and the search for the gunman.

Olive Branch police officer Doug Stanek was just out of the academy with only two weeks on the job when he was shot.  He believes it was his still fresh on the mind training...and his bullet proof vest that saved his life.

"There's a lot of fuzzy memories," Stanek said.

But there is a lot this young officer does remember about the morning of June 29, 2006.  He was with his partner, veteran officer Mark Ayers when they spotted a car, pulled over on the side of the road. The man inside said he was lost.

"I said okay, well if you wouldn't mind I just need to take a look at your license and he said sure and that's when he turned around and shot me," Stanek said.

Officer Stanek managed to return fire as the gunman drove away. Then he turned his attention to his partner Ayers, who was also shot and losing consciousness.

" I checked for a pulse and I checked for breathing, there was no pulse, he was not breathing so I rolled him over and started CPR," he said.

Officer Ayers wasn't wearing his bullet proof vest, Officer Stanek was.

"Every officers should wear a vest, I feel very strongly about that, I will always wear mine," he said.

Stanek believes it's only a matter of time before his shooter is off the streets and has a message for him.

"Just do the right thing. You hurt me, you hurt my partner, turn yourself in," he said.

And he hopes his own return to the streets comes soon.

"I'm a police officer, that's what I've always wanted to do, it's what I'm going to do, I'm not going to let this scare me away," Stanek said.

Officer Stanek returns to desk duty at Olive Branch P.D. Monday.  He has not yet been able to visit his partner officer Ayers, but hopes to do so in the next several days.  Officer Ayers is paralyzed from the chest down as a result of his gunshot wounds.

An new website has been launched to raise money for Mark Ayers, the officer badly injured in the Olive Branch police shooting.  To visit that website, click here.