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Louisville police officer shot during last week’s protests is already back at work

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Maj. Aubrey Gregory was shot September 23 and went back to work Monday, he told reporters during an online news conference Wednesday.

Gregory said initially he didn’t know he had been shot. He said his hip felt like it was on fire before discovering a gunshot wound.

The officer said he was “very disheartened” that while many protesters demonstrated peacefully, the gunman chose violence instead.

“To be shot by a single person, I don’t hold the group responsible for what another person did,” Gregory said. “But I hold that person responsible.”

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Gregory said he has spoken to Officer Robinson Desroches, the other officer shot during the same protest.

He said Desroches seems to be in good spirits, though his recovery from a gunshot wound to the abdomen will take much longer to heal.

“We are extremely fortunate that these two officers will recover,” Louisville Metropolitan Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said.

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Suspect Larynzo Johnson is accused of shooting both officers. He faces two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, according to records from the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections.

CNN couldn’t immediately determine whether Johnson had an attorney. But Johnson is expected to have a hearing later this week, Gregory said.

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