By: Jamaal Simmons
The West Columbia police officer shot in the face Tuesday afternoon is in stable condition after surgery. Officer Tripp Holland was serving a routine bench warrant when investigators say one shotgun blast was fired through the wall and hit him in the head.
After a two-hour stand off Police arrested William Kernan. He came out of the house with his hands up. A West Columbia police spokesman says Holland has undergone surgery.
“Hollard is in the hospital and remains in stable condition with his spirits up high,” said the spokesman. Neighbor Michael says he heard the sound of the gunshot. “My wife and him have had arguments so my first reaction was to get her inside and naturally to get the kids inside…we didn't want them outside around it,” said Moore. Moore also mentioned that Kernan has a lot of run ins with the police in the past. “Most of the time when the cops come down they are here for him. He's been a problem in the neighborhood for a while…so we just figured it was going to be an average time,” said Moore.
Police say that no one else was injured and that Holland is expected to make a full recovery and return to duty.