Officer Jonathan Ley sat down with Eyewitness News.
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -
Five months after being shot four times by a despondent man with a gun, a veteran Norwich police officer is anxious to get back to work.
"It feels nice to be back to some normal behavior, normal workouts, some normal activities," said Officer Jonathan Ley.
Ley told Eyewitness News the one thing that kept him alive, kept him going that night in January, was his training. Even while wounded, he says he stayed focused on the shooter and prayed his team members would get him to safety.
On Jan. 8, 30-year-old Jason Razzino with a gun shot him four times while holding police at bay from his apartment at Cedar Glen.
"I knew there was a good possibility that I was going to get shot," Ley said.
The 14-year veteran was shot first in his left hand, the neck, his left shoulder and his right leg before other officers could grab him and get him to a safe area.
"It was my ability to remain a certain level of calm," Ley said. "That helped them and they did their job they got me out of a bad situation got me to medical help."
The officer first went to Backus Hospital and then moved to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he had surgery. He spent several days recovering before coming home under a huge police escort.
"This has been the biggest challenge I've had, so that's what I look at it as," Ley said. "Sure, at times I was down in the dumps and there are the normal psychological issues that go along with an incident like this. I'm working through those."
The community support like the ball game fundraiser at Dodd Stadium between the police and fire departments helped him to move forward with his recovery and goal to get back in uniform.
Ley said his recovery has been helped by teaching children karate at Uncas School.
"Its good to get out and teach some kids and really watch them at their age and do something new," he said. "Probably some of the better days I've had."
While Ley still faces hand surgery, he said he's training hard and getting stronger by the day, so one day soon he'll be at roll call.
"My goal, (laugh) realistic or not, is hopefully August or September or the latest," he said. "All depends how fast the therapy kicks in."
Some of the equipment Ley had on that day to protect him, he bought himself. He said if anyone would like to help other officers obtain equipment such as vests and helmets, they could send a check to the Norwich police benevolent association.
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