Montana- The Montana Highway Patrol issued a news release Wednesday updating the public on the condition of Trooper Wade Palmer, who was shot in the line of duty March 15.
Palmer 35, was shot by Johnathan Bertsch early Friday morning, prosecutors say. Bertsch is facing one count of deliberate homicide for the death of Shelley Hayes and three counts of attempted deliberate homicide for shooting Palmer and two others.
According to Palmer's wife, Lindsey, “Trooper Palmer was shot three times in the head, face and neck. He is stable but his condition is still considered extremely critical. He remains in a medically induced coma at a Utah hospital. He has not regained consciousness since the shooting on Friday. Due to the nature and extent of his injuries, it may be some time before we know more about his prognosis."
"We remain cautiously optimistic that Wade will continue to see steady improvements," she said. "We recognize, however, that the overall understanding of these improvements and what they mean in the long run is still evolving and unknown at this time. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers for Wade and for us.”