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Lyons coach, police officer continue recoveries after being shot

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 4:46 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - For the first time since Friday’s shooting in Lyons, we’re hearing from one of the men who was wounded. Lyons Police Officer Cory Ryan and longtime Lyons teacher and coach Brian Friess continued to recover from their injuries after 40-year-old Adam Hrabik shot them Friday before a standoff that ended with his arrest. The KBI said Hrabik is a former student and athlete of Friess.

Adam Harabik was arrested after a shooting and stanoff Friday (Oct. 16) in Lyons.
Adam Harabik was arrested after a shooting and stanoff Friday (Oct. 16) in Lyons.(KWCH)

Monday, Eyewitness News spoke with Friess about what happened. It all started when the high school football and basketball coach was mowing a neighbor’s lawn. The KBI said Hrabik threatened Friess with a gun at which point Friess called 911. Ryan was the first officer to arrive at the scene. Investigators said Hrabik shot Ryan multiple times. Two people who witnessed the shooting took the officer to a local hospital. More Lyons police officers arrived at the scene to find that Friess also had been shot. Friess was also taken to a local hospital. From Rice County, Frieess and Ryan were transported to Wichita hospitals. Ryan, the more severely injured of the two, is reported to be alert and talking.

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Continuing his recovery at home, Friess spoke with Eyewitness News Monday. Hrabik shot Friess twice. The teacher and coach said he’ll have to live with the bullets inside of him for the rest of his life, but he feels lucky.

Friess said he was getting ready to mow a neighbor’s lawn when he saw out of the corner of his eye a former student-athlete staring at him from next door. That former student-athlete was Hrabik.

“Can’t say anything about what caused it or what... But the look in his eyes is a look that I will not forget,” Friess said. “I mean, it was one of those looks that you see on TV when somebody is looking... It’s just like they’re looking right through you. They’re not looking at you, they’re looking through you.”

Friess was mowing Johnnie Hardie’s lawn. Hardie said he heard a loud noise, thought the mower had backfired and went to check on Friess.

“So, I come out, he was laying right outside the door here, and he said, ‘Johnnie, help me, I’ve been shot,'” Hardie said.

Coach Friess thanked the community for the support and asks that they continue to support Rayn. Sterling Police Chief Derrick Ploutz on Monday, reported that Ryan’s condition has improved.

“He was sitting up and was able to carry on a conversation with me (Sunday),” Ploutz said. “His prognosis is looking much better. He is responding well to treatment. He’s got a long road ahead of him, but he is very stable and doing well as can be.”

Friess said he hopes to be back teaching and coaching next week.

“I’m just really sore here and I’m really sore here, but I can walk and eat and drink and I have all of my facilities and everything is good," he said.

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