Group honors PHX officer shot in line of duty

Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 22:06:59-04

Fellow officers and members of the community showed an outpouring of support for an officer who was shot in the line of duty last week.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association held a barbeque and raffle Thursday to raise money to help Officer Eric Gardner.

Gardner was shot several times while approaching a car to make a traffic stop.  His bullet proof vest saved his life. 

He was shot in the arm and will require several surgeries and it's unclear whether he will regain use of his hand.

“I was speechless,” said his 11-year old son Nicholas. Gardner has five children and attended the barbeque with them for a short time.

“My dad is a great dad,” said Nicholas. “He wants to go back to work and said he will go back in about four months."

The benefit continues through 7 p.m. at the PLEA headquarters at 11th Avenue and Adams.