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Updated: December 27, 2012 9:44AM



HAMMOND — The Hammond police officer shot three times Dec. 21 by two Gary men accused of robbing a Hammond bank is out of the hospital and recovering at home.

“He’s doing very well,” Hammond Police Chief Brian Millersaid on Wednesday. “He spent Christmas with his family.”

Miller said the patrolman, who’s been on the force for 13 months, was released from Community Hospital in Munster on Sunday. He was treated for the gunshot wounds in his left leg, but didn’t require surgery, Miller said.

“Everything worked out well for us. We’re very fortunate,” Miller said. The 34-year-old patrolman, who has not been identified, is expected to return to active duty in about six weeks, Miller said.

Meanwhile, Brealon Miller Jr. and David Lee Hardin, both 24, will appear before Magistrate Andrew P. Rodovich in U.S. District Court in Hammond onThursday for a detention hearing on armed bank robbery charges filed Friday. Valparaiso attorney Clark W. Holesinger is representing Miller and Hardin, who are housed in the Porter County Jail.

They could also face charges in Lake Superior Court in connection with the shooting of the police officer.

“We’ll be meeting with the Lake County prosecutor and U.S. attorney,” Chief Miller said.

Police said Miller and Hardin shot the patrolman in the parking lot of the BMO Harris Bank, 7250 Indianapolis Blvd., after they robbed the bank about 11 a.m. Friday. The patrolman was still in his vehicle and the gunshots penetrated the door, lodging in his left leg. Miller said eight shots were fired at the officer.

Gary and Hammond police apprehended the pair about 30 minutes after the robbery near 8th Avenue and Hovey Street in Gary. A 9mm semi-automatic handgun and cash were recovered after the capture.



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