Deputy Returns Home, Paralyzed, After Las Vegas Shooting
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More than two months after Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Jason McMillan was among those shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, he has returned home to continue his rehabilitation.
McMillan is paralyzed from the waist down, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday, Dec. 14, in its first statement on McMillan’s condition. The Las Vegas shooter killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others on Oct. 1.
In an interview with ABC’s World News Tonight, the off-duty deputy said his first thought was to protect his fiance, Fiorella Gaete.
“I just made sure she was behind me,” he said in the interview. “I put my arms out as wide as I could to make myself a bigger target.”
The Press Enterprise reports that McMillan had been rehabilitating at Craig Hospital in Denver, which treats patients with spinal cord and brain injuries, its website says. Before that, McMillan was treated at Del E. Webb Medical Plaza at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev.