The officer, an Army veteran and father of two young children, was flown to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center in serious condition and moved to Grady Memorial Hospital the following day.
“Officer Cooper’s family said they are grateful for the excellent care he received while at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and then at Grady Memorial Hospital, which referred the injured officer to Shepherd Center for rehabilitation,” Ludlam said.
They are appreciative for the outpouring of support but have requested privacy at this time, she said.
A benefit run for Officer Cooper, who was shot in the line of duty, was held Saturday.
In updates posted to Facebook, Covington police have tracked Cooper’s recovery, calling his progress slow but impressive. At one point, he mouthed “I love you” to his wife, Kristen. He continues communicating by the squeeze of a hand and recently waved at his nurse as she left the room.
Cooper underwent surgery last week to relieve pressure on his brain.
He spent several days off a respirator, then was placed back on the machine as a precaution, police said Wednesday.
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Since Cooper was wounded, many local fundraising campaigns have been launched to support his family. A GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of raising $40,000 for Cooper and his family. As of Thursday, donors had given more than $19,000 toward that goal.