Update on progress of sergeant shot in head - Tucson News Now

Update on progress of sergeant shot in head

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson News Now's Chris Holmstrom met with Sgt. Carpenter's doctors and his wife to give an update on how he's doing. They say he's making progress but he still has a long way to go.

It's been four days since 46-year-old Sgt. Robert Carpenter was shot in the head.

After the shooting, he underwent immediate brain surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. It was Dr. Sergio Rivero who performed the operation.

His condition has been downgraded from critical to serious.

It's this progress that keeps his wife, Cindy, hopeful.

"There's changes, there's up and there's downs, but it's very hopeful.  And you don't know what you are going to see when you walk in the door, but he's my husband and I'm glad he's here," she said. 

Dr. Rivero says Carpenter's brain surgery was similar to the one Gabby Giffords went through nearly three years ago. In fact, it was Dr. Peter Rhee who operated on her.

As for Carpenter, it's still unknown where in the head he was shot or what kind of gun was used.

Doctors say they'll keep that information to themselves as long as the shooting is under investigation.

The bullet did enter his brain and he did have brain injury that Dr. Rivera operated on, but we can't say the trajectory or what it was.

As for the Carpenter family, their main goal tonight was show thanks to the community and everyone in between who has shown their support.

"I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support and all the meals that have been provided to us.  We feel very loved and appreciated. There's many other people that I'm sure I'm missing when I say thank you," she said. 

Sgt. Carpenter will remain at the UAMC as he recovers.

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