The Dallas Morning News reported
that Officer Crystal Almeida was released from a rehab facility at a
Dallas hospital Saturday, three weeks after the shooting. To Almeida’s
surprise, about 50 Dallas officers lined up outside the hospital as she
was released to go home.
"Maybe she thought that we were going to let her go without a proper
send off, but that wasn't happening. No, no, no," Sgt. Shannon Smith
On April 24, Almeida and Officer Rogelio Santander were shot
while attempting to arrest a suspect at a Home Depot. Santander
succumbed to his injuries a day after the shooting.
shot in the face and critically wounded. Loss-prevention officer Scott
Painter was also critically injured in the shooting, and was released from the hospital earlier this month.
The suspected gunman, Armando Luis Juarez, was arrested after a five-hour manhunt.
everyone in the department who’d known Almeida was at the hospital
Saturday, including officers who were supposed to be off. Patrol
vehicles escorted Almeida and her family home, where she will continue
"For the sacrifice that she gave, and to see her
walk out of there on her own two feet, it was amazing and it was
encouraging," Smith said. "She just never stopped fighting."
unclear when Almeida will return to work, but Smith said officers will
visit and check on her at home until she fully recovers.
girl's made me cry more than anybody," Smith said. "She's just so
strong. She's just really remarkable. You would think after being shot
twice in the face, you wouldn't have high spirits, but she has very high
Juarez remains in the Dallas County Jail on $4.1 million bond.