Officer shot while off-duty released from hospital

Officer Thomas Owens
Officer Thomas Owens

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An off-duty Cincinnati Police Officer who suffered a gunshot wound has been released from the hospital.

Thomas Owens was shot in the abdomen Feb. 26 after he intervened with an argument and then was later ambushed in the parking lot of Tom's Drive-Thru on Highland Avenue. He has been in the hospital since the shooting and will continue his recovery at home.

"I feel good," Owens told reporters outside the hospital. "I feel blessed."

Officer Owens thanked the community for their support and said he was looking forward to eating lobster and steak upon his release.

Officer Owens has been a member of the Cincinnati Police Department since July 1996, and he currently serves as a School Resource Officer in the Youth Services Unit.

He also is the varsity men's basketball coach at Shroder High School. The team won their game Thursday night to keep their season alive. Owens said he plans to attend Saturday's game against Madeira, but will watch from the sidelines and not coach.

Keenan Childs has been charged with felonious assault for the shooting of Officer Owens.

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