Wounded Independence officer gets "Hero's Homecoming" after eight months in rehab

Ofc. Tom Wagstaff was shot in the head during a burglary call

December 08, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Hundreds of people gathered along a route in Independence cheering and waving signs to welcome Independence Police officer Tom Wagstaff home.

He's been in Nebraska for eight months in a rehab facility after suffering a critical head injury on the job.  He was shot in the head while responding to a burglary call in March.

Wagstaff rode in a police squad car, waving to the crowd, during a short parade through the streets of Independence. The city dubbed today as a Hero's Homecoming.

Though the police car radio system, Wagstaff addressed the crowd, "thank you all for coming out, it's great to be back."

Wagstaff will be honored during a special presentation Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, on Little Blue Parkway in Independence.


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