ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The wife of the detective who was shot accidentally by another officer during a drug bust spoke to News 13 Tuesday, saying her husband is recovering, talking and wants to get back on the job.
“He’s getting better everyday. He has a long road to recovery, but every day he gets a little bit stronger and takes baby steps forward.” said Laura Grant. “He can talk. He’s been talking for about a week now–doing really well and able to breathe more when he talks and carry on full conversations at this point,” she added.
“He has his good days and his bad days, but he’s really focused on doing what he can to get home as quickly as he can,” Grant said. Many of their conversations involved how their children are doing. “The kids are doing OK. We have a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, and they’re staying with my parents right now. So we’ve been able to keep them in their own routine, which has helped a lot,” she said.
Jacob Grant was shot Jan. 9 in the McDonald’s parking lot on Central and Tramway while doing working undercover in plain clothes. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. “I’ve always known how dangerous this job is, but it’s never really been that real for me,” she said.
“They keep saying it’s a long road ahead of him. There’s no discharge date being planned. Probably going to be in the hospital for a quite a bit more, but eventually we all feel that he will be able to go back and return to a mostly normal life,” she said.
Grant said she continues to remain positive for her husband.
“I try not to focus on being upset. It’s not going to help his situation. It’s not going to help my situation. What happened happened. And you know, focusing on his recovery is probably the best thing and the most positive for him. If we allow us to dwell on the anger, it’s not going to get him any better,” she said.
Grant indicated her husband has intentions of returning to APD.
“There’s no keeping him down. I’m actually relieved that he’s wanting to go back and wanting to return to the police force and helping people again. So, a little apprehensive, but I’m pleased because that’s Jacob. That’s my husband, that’s what he’d want to do, and it makes me happy that he’s wanting to get back to it again,” Grant said.
Laura Grant came forward to thank the public for its support since the accidental shooting.
“I really just want to say thank you. I really appreciate it,” she said.
Any members of the public who would like to help the family out with expenses can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank under the fund name of Jacob or Laura Grant.