Washington State Trooper Who Was Shot Expected To Recover

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) – A Washington state trooper who was shot and wounded in Walla Walla Thursday is expected to make a full recovery.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports Trooper Dean Atkinson Jr.’s father, Dean Atkinson Sr., said Monday that there’s nothing that would prevent him from reengaging as a trooper, if he chooses.

Atkinson was shot multiple times around 5 p.m. Thursday in Walla Walla while on duty.

Brandon O’Neel is facing attempted murder and other charges and remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Documents say O’Neel was served an eviction notice and locked out of his residence before the shooting.

His next court appearance is Oct. 3.

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