The family of the Abbeville Police Officer, who was shot in the line of duty April 3rd, is speaking on her behalf about her recovery.
Officer Kaitlyn Rudesill suffered from a collapsed lung after being shot during a traffic stop.
“I didn’t know what to think. Your mind kinds of runs away from you. You don’t want to think of the worst but you do.” recalled Danielle, Kaitlyn’s sister, the night of the shooting..
Kaitlyn then underwent surgery and is recovering at home for the next 4-6 months.
She had only been on the force since November.
“It’s baptism by fire and she has been given an introduction to law enforcement that we hope none but we know a few will have.” said James Klock, Kaitlyn’s Attorney.
Shortly after the shooting, the Police Association of Lafayette created a GoFundMe page to help Kaitlyn pay for medical bills and other day to day expenses
Donations poured in from all over Acadiana.
“It’s just a way for her to be at ease and not have to stress about what am I going to do, I’m injured, I can’t really work right now.” said Danielle.
“Kaitlyn worked extras duties. She worked overtime. She maintained her 2nd job since she was a junior in high school. Those are all things she is going to have to make up in the short term and the people of Acadiana have made sure that she isn’t going to have to worry about that and focus on her recovery.” Klock added.
While traumatizing, the family says the shooting hasn’t dissuaded Kaitlyn from being a police officer.
“This is something that she is so passionate about, but I think she is more worried about recovering right now and just making sure that she can support the community any way she can.” said Danielle.
The association also explained that starting officers at the Abbeville Police make less than 10 dollars an hour and only 65 percent of that while on workman’s comp.
For anyone looking to support Kaitlyn during her recovery, can click here.
Nashon Brooks, the suspect accused of shooting Kaitlyn is being held in the Tensas Parish jail.
He is facing attempted first degree murder, carrying a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in a firearm zone.