Citizens raise money for injured officers

Olive Branch Police were still looking Friday for the gunman who shot two of their officers last week.  Meanwhile, Friday morning, the community showed the injured officers its support.

The Friday morning rush hour on Goodman Road saw a rush of cash for volunteers taking a collection to support an Olive Branch police officer shot in the line of duty.

"He's protected and served us," said fundraiser coordinator Christy Cox.  "Now that he's hurt, it's our turn to protect and serve him."

Last Thursday, a gunman shot two Olive Branch police officers as they approached a stolen car.  Officer Doug Stanek is back home, but officer Mark Ayers is still in the hospital in critical condition, paralyzed from the waist down.    
Friday's fundraiser will help pay Ayers mounting medical bills.  Fundraisers said the turnout and the amount of money received was well beyond what they expected.
"I really think it proves that the City of Olive Branch and the people of DeSoto County do love our law enforcement," said Lee Jenkins, a volunteers.

Volunteers said they raised just over $11,000 Friday. They hoped to organize additional fundraisers in the coming weeks.