Officer injured in Forrest City Walmart shooting released from hospital

Officer injured in Forrest City Walmart shooting released from hospital
Forrest City community stepping up to help officer injured in Walmart shooting (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - After spending 36 days in the hospital, Detective Eugene Watlington was released from Regional One in Memphis and welcomed home with a heartwarming salute.

Thank you ALL for the love and support. Eugene got a little emotional, he was very touched. We love y’all. Please tag...

Posted by Amy Hickman Watlington on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Watlington and his colleague, Lt. Eric Varner, where near by when a call came in about a man making threats inside of a Forrest City, Arkansas Walmart.

Both officers were shot while encountering the suspect, identified as 40 year-old Bobby Gibbs. Gibbs was shot and killed.

Supporters showed up Tuesday to welcome Watlington home.

While he was hospitalized, members of the community stepped up to help Watlington’s family with a home renovation project.

Forrest City community stepping up to help officer injured in Walmart shooting

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