Wilmington officer released from hospital
By Associated Press

Updated Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:13pm

Wilmington Police Officer Justin Wilkers, who was shot in the face last weekend, has been released from the hospital as he continues to recover.

The News Journal reports police lined up outside the hospital as Wilkers was released Saturday afternoon. His mother, Shirley Shea asked for prayers.

Wilkers underwent surgery this week. Doctors left the bullet in place for now. It caused no apparent brain or nerve injury.

Wilkers was shot Sunday when he and his partner tried to stop an SUV for a traffic violation. The SUV sped off before three people got out and fired at Wilkers.

Three Wilmington men were charged in the case. Frederick Gray, who is 21, is charged with attempted murder. Jared Wiggins and Ronald Boyce also were arrested and face lesser charges.

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