BILLINGS- Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer has regained consciousness but is still in critical condition, according to officials at the Montana Department of Justice.
Palmer was shot three times on March 15 near Evaro.
Palmer has been moved from the University of Utah Hospital’s Neurological Critical Care Unit to the Neuro Acute Care Unit according to a release by the Montana DOJ.
All of his interactions have been non-verbal, but he has shown recognition of certain people and commands. He is scheduled for reconstructive surgery for jaw injuries on Thursday, said the release.
“We are immensely grateful for Trooper Palmer’s progress,” said Colonel Tom Butler, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. “We remain hopeful as we see Wade continue to heal and make positive strides, however, we are fully aware that he has a long journey ahead of him. “We will be with him and his family every step of the way and we thank the public for their continued support and prayers.”
Trooper Palmer was shot in the neck, face, and head, after locating the suspect involved in an earlier shooting that injured two and killed one earlier that morning in Missoula.
After the initial shooting, Palmer was transported to Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula in critical condition and eventually flown to Salt Lake City where he continues to be treated.