By Eyewitness News
3:58 PM CDT, October 1, 2012
A ten-year veteran of the Salina police department is still undergoing treatment after being shot in the face last week. Charleton (Chuck) Huen was shot by a suspect during a standoff early Friday morning.
Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield says Huen was shot through his right eye and it went through his right ear. He says Huen has no sight in his right eye at this time.
Huen was originally treated and released from a hospital in Oklahoma City. Mansfield says he is back there today for more treatment.
He also says they now know the shooter, 19-year-old Marijon Gadson died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Salina Police Chief James Hill says it all started around 11:20 Thursday night. They received a call of aggravated assault and robbery in the 1100 block of north 5th Street. He believes the suspect stole a gold Cadillac from that address. A short time later, police received a call about the stolen car in the 300 block of north 13th Street.
When officer's went to that home, they were told the suspect was in the basement. Five officers announced their presence while entering the home. Hill says that's when Gadson fired several shots at officers.
Hill says Huen was shot in the face. He says another officer returned fire while the others went to help Huen. They all left the house and called for an ambulance. That's when the SWAT team was called to the house.
SWAT made several attempts to talk to the suspect inside the home. They used a loud speaker and tear gas through the overnight hours. Eventually they got a special camera to look inside the home. That's whey they could see Gadson lying on the floor.
Hill says at that point SWAT felt comfortable to go inside. Around six o'clock Friday morning, they found Gadson dead in the basement. They didn't know if he shot himself, died from police gunfire or from the tear gas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.
Huen is the first Salina police officer to be shot in the line of duty since 1986.
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