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Ariz. officer shot in ‘ambush-style attack’ back on patrol

Officer Morgan Bullis said putting on her uniform again is a big part of her healing


Phoenix Police Department

By Sarah Roebuck

PHOENIX, Ariz. — After being shot in the line of duty, Phoenix Police Department officer Morgan Bullis is back on patrol.

The police department announced her return in a Facebook post, saying she is “excited to be serving her community once again.”

Bullis said putting on her uniform again is a big part of her healing: “I’m excited because it’s kind of a step in the right direction. It was an injury that I couldn’t control; somebody else controlled it for me. So, coming back, it was a lot of work and I’m happy to be here.”

During her recovery, Bullis had to relearn how to walk and run. Her one goal she had since leaving the hospital in March: getting back to serving her community.

“Police officers have to be a voice for people that can’t be a voice. Not everybody can defend themselves, and that’s OK because we’ll be there for them,” Bullis said.

In March, Bullis was shot in the hip while responding to reports of a car crash, KPNX reports. The suspect, identified as Joseph Lopez, fired several shots at Bullis in her patrol vehicle. Bullet fragments also struck Bullis in the face, police said.

Bullis returned to work on July 17.