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Family, Fellow Officers Offer Powell Tremendous Support

Posted July 30, 2001 12:00 p.m. EDT

— Police say the response of fellow officers to Detective David Powell's shooting has been tremendous. Some of them got out of bed in the middle of the night and went to the crime scene to ask how they could help.

Raleigh policemen, law officers from other agencies, even firefighters have been in and out of WakeMed in a show of support. At one point, so many people came that the hospital had to move his supporters to the cafeteria to make room for everyone.

Powell's family from out of state has arrived to be with him. Powell's wife, Rhonda, is also a police officer and knows the dangers of the job well. Her colleagues with the Police Department's Family Support Group are now by her side.

As Powell recovers, his friends vow to continue their support. They say he is thankful, despite being shot five times, telling friends and family he is glad his alleged shooter is in custody.

"He talked with family and thanked them for being there," Overman said. "For what he's been through, he's in good shape. He still has a bullet lodged in him that they're going to have to go back in and get at a later time."

"There's a lot of concern over that, but for the most part right now they are in good spirits," he said.

Powell, who is in his late 20s, was given a CAT scan and moved to a private room Sunday.

Local restaurants have been showing their support by sending over food.