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Officer shot in head is talking and on road to recovery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The El Cajon police officer who was shot in the head Sunday is making incredible progress on his road to recovery, according to his colleagues. Officer Jarred Slocum, who has two young sons and a baby on the way, is sitting up and talking, and recalls everything about the shooting. He remains in critical but stable condition.

Detective Kevin Maxwell, President of the El Cajon Police Officers Association, spent time with Officer Slocum in the Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Memorial Hospital late Tuesday night and told News 8 after his visit:

"He's in and out of consciousness, in and out of sleep. They have him medicated for the pain, but he's up and smiling, gripping hands. He definitely knows when his comrades in uniform are there... He lights up. He feels safe, we have members from the Police Officers Association there 24 hours a day to make sure we give him and family everything they need."

Detective Maxwell says Officer Slocum was shot in the head. The bullet pierced through the left side, near his temple, fracturing his skull, before exiting out the back. He says the officer has a long road to recovery but believes one day, he will want to watch the video of the shooting. He said, "Knowing Jarred the way I do, I think he'll want to see it, to confirm he didn't do anything wrong, which he didn't. He did everything he could do, he used the truck as cover. These things happen." 

Officer Slocum and his wife Kelly have been married for six years. They have two sons, ages four and one, with a third child on the way.  The family released more information about Officer Slocum Tuesday night. They say he went into the Navy after graduating from high school and was stationed on Coronado. He served in the Navy for five years, before joining the El Cajon Police Department five years ago.

The El Cajon Police Officers Association has established a fund to help with future medical expenses, in addition to any meals, travel costs, and other necessities the family may need. Donations can be made to the Officer Jarred Slocum Fund at El Cajon Federal Credit Union, 266 S. Magnolia Ave., Suite 101, El Cajon, CA, Account number 39450.

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