Officer Abbott asked us to send his appreciation for all of the prayers sent his way aplogizes to all for not being able to answer the many emails and calls personally!
Last week, NOPD verteran officer Chris Abbott was on detail patrol with the Hurstville Security District. He was patrolling in his personal vehicle with the official NOPD blue light flashing (approved patrol protocol). At approximately 1:20 am, while patrolling the area near Camp Street between Leontine and Jefferson, he was approched by one or two armed suspects who opened fire from their vehicle while driving erratically. Officer Abbott was shot in the leg. Officer Abbott did not return fire. The suspects fled the area as Officer Abbott called for backup to NOPD Officer Lt. Mark Monray also on HSD detail at the time.
NOPD officers quickly arrived on the scene. Officer Abbott was transported to University Medical Center where he was found in stable condition and released later that morning with the bullet still lodged in his leg.
In the days following, the car used in the ambush was also used in a Seventh District chase and recovered. The suspects in that incident were arested for possession of a stolen vehicle. NOPD continues to investigate the case and bring all of the supects to justice.
Meanwhile, Officer Abbott suffered two setbacks from the wound and on Thursday, July 27, he underwent surgery to remove the bullet from the top of his tebia. He is recovering from his injuries and is expected to be on leave for many months. A second surgery is expected. Though his medical expenses and minimum salary will be covered by the city's workman's compensation program, his inabilty to work additional details will bring a financial hardship to him and his family.
Officer Abbott has served as a detail officer in Hurstville for nearly 15 years, even before the security district was formed when the voluntary membership for the neighborhood patrol was in place. Many of you know him peronally and will agree that he is a good and loyal officer we are proud to have as our own.
Several neighbors have sent well wishes to Officer Abbott and asked Hurstville to find a way to help. Therefore, the Hurstville Neighborhood Association has begun a Go Fund Me account to raise money to help ease the pressure on Officer Abbott until he can resume his duties as an officer.
We hope you will consider contributing and ask that you encourage your neighbors to do so as well. Just a click can let him know how much we appreciate his efforts.
Last week's story on the incident: