(KMOV) – It’s been almost a year since Officer Ron Ross was shot while sitting in his police car. When asked about what the past year has been like, he came up with one word: lonely.
“It’s been a long, hard year,” said Ross.
Ross is still battling the physical effects of being shot in the hand and the demons that have lingered after facing the barrel of a loaded gun.
A year ago, a suspect shot at him and a probationary officer after a car crash at Gustine and McDonald in south St. Louis. “All I saw was muzzle flash and felt pain,” he said.
Ross was hit in the left hand, and that injury took him off the streets as an officer, and sent him on a long road to recovery. This road has left him with physical and mental scars of feeling forgotten from the department he served.
"I really feel let down by the department,” he said. “I've never asked for anything from the department since I've been off. Everything they've asked me to do I've done, so I do feel let down."
The only comment that a police spokesperson gave about Ross’ situation is that he is still employed by the department.
Ross is also struggling financially. Money is running out and he wonders if he’ll ever come back to the force. "I would love nothing but to be a police officer,” he said. “But…if I go out there and something happens, how will I know they will support me?"
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Even in his doubt, others are stepping up to the plate to help. A local motorcycle club is hosting a benefit this weekend – find more information here.