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Officer Shot In Line Of Duty Speaks Out For First Time

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro Police Officer shot in the line of duty spoke out for the first time on Tuesday.

Officer Faye Denson is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after a man she was chasing opened fire on her two weeks ago.

Officer Denson is expected to make a full recovery and she's excited about getting back to work. However, she still needs a little help walking as the bullet is still lodged in her leg.

"It didn't touch the arteries or the femur bone, but actually went into the muscle part of the thigh here," Officer Denson explained Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, police said 18-year-old Eric Perkins jumped out of a car trying to get away from another officer outside the Riverchase Apartments in East Nashville.

Other officers, including Officer Denson, joined the pursuit. Investigators said when Perkins reached an alley he started shooting and hit Officer Denson.

Officer Carroll Fondaw returned fire and hit Perkins. Officer Denson said she felt the bullet strike her leg.

"I was just trying to take cover. I was just trying to get out of the line of fire when he was shooting," Officer Denson said.

"She did a fantastic job. Even after she was shot she was calm, cool. You could hear that in her voice," said Captain David Imhof.

Captain Imhof added Denson even relayed important information to other officers responding to the alley after she was shot.

As a member of a flex team, which is a team of officers who proactively patrol hot spots of crime, she understands the potential for danger lurking around every corner.

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, she said she is thankful she wasn't killed.

"And I'm very fortunate it didn't happen to me. It does give me a second chance and I'm grateful," Officer Denson added.

For now, doctors are leaving the bullet in Officer Denson's leg. They said she can start trying to walk without crutches whenever she feels like it.

Despite her injury, Officer Denson said she is excited about getting back to work and returning to the job she loves.

She added she has no hard feelings and she's forgiven Perkins.

He was shot in the chest, but recovered from his injuries. His attempted murder case was bound over to the grand jury last week.

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