Injured FHP trooper sends thanks after Cocoa shooting

Lt. Channing Taylor says he's recovering at home with his family and he's so thankful for the well wishes.

He released a picture and statement Saturday night:

"I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who helped me after I was shot last weekend. Thank you to the troopers that came to back me up so quickly. To the Brevard County Fire Rescue firefighters, paramedics and to First Flight that responded to get me safely to the hospital. To the wonderful doctors and nurses that took care of me at Holmes Regional Medical Center, thank you. Thank you to the Brevard County Sheriff's deputies that assisted at the scene and continued to help afterwards. Thanks to all the people that have called and sent emails. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to reach out to me. Thank you to my family, as they have not only supported me through this life-changing incident, but for the last 20 years of my career. I am thankful to be able to celebrate Father's Day with my children tomorrow."

Lt. Taylor was shot in the shoulder on Sunday, June 14. He pulled over a red truck for a broken headlight. Investigators say he asked the driver, Morgan McNeil, 16, for her license and registration.

Major Tod Goodyear with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, who's investigating the case, talked to Fox 35 the day after the shooting and said, "As he was coming back towards the door, the other individual in the car produced a firearm and shot at him, actually striking him in the shoulder. We believe two shots were fired."

Detectives say that person was McNeil's boyfriend Zane Terryn, 15.

Lt. Taylor returned fire, shooting three times as they drove away. But, investigators say McNeil hit a boat being pulled by a truck, causing her truck to come to a stop on the other side of S.R. 520 in Cocoa.

Investigators say Terryn died, but his girlfriend was arrested and interviewed by detectives, who say they learned of the teens' suicide pact.

Major Goodyear said the plan was to drive to Ohio where she was from, at which time they would conduct the suicide pact. He said she stole a firearm and a credit from a relative, and took some money out of the bank.

McNeil was arrested on charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and second-degree felony murder.  

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