Officer run over by stolen vehicle still critical, but breathing on his own

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: Wichita police say Officer Brian Arterburn continues to improve each day.

Arterburn suffered injuries to his brain, chest and abdomen on Feb. 7 after he was hit by a stolen vehicle.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow, with the Wichita Police Department, says Arterburn underwent surgery on Thursday and is breathing on his own.

Arterburn remains in critical condition.

Two fundraisers will take place this weekend to support his recovery.

On Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Distillery 244 Old Town, money will be raised for Officer Arterburn and the United States Honor Flag. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to Arterburn and 50-percent will go to the honor flag. Tickets are $5 for children ages 15 and under; and $10 for adults ages 16 and up.

On Saturday, the Wichita Wagonmasters, in partnership with Carlos O’Kellys, Cargill, Warren Theaters and Waste Connections, are hosting a chili feed in Old Town Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10.00 a bowl. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to assist Officer Arterburn and his family with his medical needs.

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A police officer who was hit by a car on the job remains in critical condition.

Police say Officer Brian Arterburn was deliberately hit earlier this month by a man in a stolen vehicle.

The man accused in the case, Justin Terrazas, has been charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Terrazas is expected back in court on Thursday.

Eyewitness news plans to be there. Look for updates on the KWCH-12 app.