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Wounded Phoenix policeman feels ‘pretty amazing’

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A Phoenix police officer who survived being shot six times said he wants to return to work as a soon as possible, even though his jaw is wired shut and a bullet remains lodged in his back.

Peter “Chris” Bennett appeared Tuesday at a news conference at a Phoenix hospital, where he’s recovering from gunshot wounds to the right side of his face, his right hip and right arm.

The 4 1/2-year veteran spoke through a wired-shut, swollen jaw alongside the surgeon who cut and cleaned his wounds, reconstructed his ear and wired his fractured jaw.

“I actually feel pretty amazing, all things considered,” said Bennett, 36.

Bennett underwent surgery Monday. He was shot Sunday night while patrolling alone in an area of the city known for a high burglary rate, police said.

The officer spotted a man in dark clothes acting suspiciously while riding a bicycle.

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