Montana Highway Patrol Trooper showing signs of interaction in recovery, but remains non-verbal after shooting

New information is being released surrounding the recovery of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer, after he was shot by a suspect in March.

According to Montana Highway Patrol, Trooper Palmer is showing signs of recognizing people and things, but remains non-verbal. He is interacting with hand gestures and facial expressions.

“The tasks that you or I take for granted have become much more significant for Wade,” said Colonel Tom Butler, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. “His brain is becoming more aware of the sensory input and is relearning how to connect the dots, so to speak.”

Trooper Palmer was shot in the neck, face, and head, after locating the suspect involved in an earlier shooting that injured two and killed one in Missoula. He was transported to Saint Patrick Hospital in critical condition and eventually flown to Salt Lake City.

PRESS RELEASE:

Update on Highway Patrol Trooper Palmer
HELENA – Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer continues to receive medical treatment at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. While he is showing indications that he recognizes certain people and things, all of his interactions remain non-verbal; he continues to interact with hand gestures and facial expressions. The extent of how much he understands remains unknown at this time. Nearly every day, Palmer undergoes physical therapy for continued strengthening of his left arm and leg. Limited movement has been detected on his right side. He is scheduled to have the wiring and screws from his reconstructive jaw surgery removed this week.
“The tasks that you or I take for granted have become much more significant for Wade,” said Colonel Tom Butler, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. “His brain is becoming more aware of the sensory input and is relearning how to connect the dots, so to speak.”
On March 15, Trooper Palmer was shot in the neck, face, and head, after locating the suspect involved in an earlier shooting that injured two and killed one in Missoula. He was transported to Saint Patrick Hospital in critical condition and eventually flown to Salt Lake City.
For those who do not have social media accounts, the Montana Highway Patrol has created a webpage with information about the Palmer shooting. The page features:
  • Updates on Trooper Palmer as they become available
  • A list of all approved fundraisers that will continually be updated
  • A synopsis of events
  • Thank you’s
  • Photos integrated into the site from the “Back the Blue Wear the Green” campaign

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