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Police Chief Applauds Department Following Friday Shooting

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones took to YouTube Sunday to express his gratitude to the department for its work in apprehending the armed felon who fired upon four Covington officers Friday morning. Watch the video by clicking hereHere is what the Chief had to say:

As you all are aware this past Friday, September 28, 2012, four of our police officers came under direct fire from an individual that had been identified as a suspect in an armed robbery. I want to express how very proud I am of each of these officers for the way they conducted themselves during this very stressful situation. During this exchange of gunfire two of our officers were struck, Officer Richardson in the foot and Officer Gilliland's uniform was torn by a passing 9 millimeter round. These officers were collected enough to seek cover, return fire and communicate effectively. Even with a crippling wound to the foot, Specialist Richardson volunteered to run a track with his K9 partner Coen in order to prevent the suspect's escape. Through the dedicated efforts of many members of the Covington Police team, the suspect, Pharo Wilson, was apprehended in Colerain Township. I want to acknowledge Detective John Mangus and the entire criminal investigation staff for their work in putting the pieces together to locate this dangerous individual. Because of the initial responding officers and the entire Covington team, both sworn and civilian, a dangerous armed felon is behind bars. As a city we are blessed to have such competent professionals protecting us. It's been said that it takes fire to temper steel. I want to thank Specialists Richardson and Gilliland as well as Sergeants Brady and Steffen, and all of you for being that steel that keeps this city safe and our department strong.