Prayer Gives Clarksdale Officer Strength To Return Home After Shooting

The officer shot in the face in the line of duty in Clarksdale, Mississippi, returned home Wednesday.

Cpl. Couch has been in the hospital since he was shot Saturday, February 13, while responding to an armed robbery call. He spent weeks in recovery and rehab.

According to Couch’s father, he took his first steps since the shooting  last month.

Couch was discharged from Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. Dozens of Clarksdale Police Department vehicles escorted Cpl. Couch to his Mississippi home.

One thing Couch said got him through the months of rehab is prayer.

“My prayer was, ‘Give me the strength,’” Couch said. “That was my prayer. It worked.”

After 67 days in the hospital, Cpl. Couch anxiously waited for the minute he could leave.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “I feel I’m an inspiration.”

“The first day was very tough,” Couch’s wife Renita Couch said. “I’ve never seen him broken down before and not able to do for himself.”

Couch lost his eye after being shot. The two men responsible for the robbery are now behind bars, but Couch said he is not holding a grudge.

“No matter what, you’re forgiven. You are forgiven,” he said. “They’re in the Lord’s hands.”

Couch is also a minister in Tunica. Though everything, he said he never lost faith.

“I told everybody, ‘Depend on God.’ Depend on God.”

Couch said it was his faith that granted his miracle.

“I loved it so much. I put a lot of myself into it. I gave it all I got,” Couch said. “My prayer was to give me strength. He gave me my prayer.”

Couch said the long road filled with surgeries and rehab was tough, but prayers and support have kept him going.

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