Patty Parete, the Buffalo Police officer paralyzed after she was shot in the line of duty December 5, 2006, has been released from the New Jersey hospital where she was being treated, the hospital and Buffalo's Police Chief confirmed Tuesday.
"Some officers are very pleased that she's coming back to the Buffalo area, but there's always a concern for her well-being," said Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson.
Parete and her partner, Officer Carl Andolina, were shot while answering a call at Elmwood and Chippewa. One of the bullets partially paralyzed Parete.
Andolina says Parete is making progress. She's able to sleep for several hours without the respirator, and he's hoping she'll be able to breathe without it by December. Andolina also says Parete is regaining some motion.
"She's now getting some movement in her shoulders, where she's able to, with her arm stabilized on a board, she'll be able to bring her arm in close to herself. The deltoid muscles are starting to fire," Andolina told 2 On Your Side three weeks ago.
Meantime, 19-year-old Varner Harris pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first degree murder in the shootings. He'll be sentenced to 30 years to life in November.