The medical condition of Casper police officer Jacob Carlson, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shootout on Sunday, is improving, the police department said Thursday.
Carlson underwent a successfully surgery on Wednesday. Chief Keith McPheeters said the latest surgery had been scheduled to last six hours.
Doctors planned to let Carlson, an Army veteran who’s been with the department for three years, rest Thursday in anticipation of more surgeries on Friday.
“His condition is improving, but still has a long way to go,” the police department stated in a Thursday morning social media post.
A Casper clinic, meanwhile, will host a blood drive Saturday in honor of the police officer who suffered major injuries Sunday in an east Casper shootout.
United Blood Services clinic announced that it took in 48 units of blood on Wednesday as donors continued to flood the clinic following news that Carlson had been injured. More than twice the typical number of donors appeared.
After the police department disclosed that multiple shipments of blood were brought to Wyoming Medical Center due to the extent of Carlson’s injuries, Casper’s United Blood Services clinic experienced a spike in donations on Monday.
Medical staff have used more than 100 units of blood and blood products in treating the wounded officer, who was struck by five bullets in the shootout. One round hit Carlson in the lower waist and damaged a major artery, Chief Keith McPheeters said Tuesday.
The shootout took place at about 1:40 p.m. in a dirt lot adjacent to Fairdale Park in east Casper. Carlson and Officer Randi Garrett had responded to a report of a man allowing a 3-year-old to drive a car. Video footage taken by a camera system in Garrett’s police car captured the shooting. It shows the man, 38-year-old David P. Wolosin, backing away slowly as the officers talk to him. When Carlson steps toward Wolosin and attempts to grab him, Wolosin draws a gun and fires. Police return fire and Wolosin falls to the ground.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is examining the shooting.
The blood drive is scheduled for to run from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. at Yellowstone Garage, located at 355 West Yellowstone Highway. Donors can schedule appointments in advance by calling 307-638-3326 or visiting www.bloodhero.com. Donors will also be able to give blood on a walk-in basis.