CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — It was an emotional homecoming as a Chesapeake deputy who was shot in Hampton earlier this month was released from the hospital Wednesday.
Scott Chambers was shot twice while he and other U.S. Marshals Task Force officers tried to serve a warrant for homicide suspect Lamont Lee Lewis, who was shot and killed in the incident.
Chambers exited the doors of Riverside Regional Medical Center Wednesday morning to cheers from the crowd gathered outside.
“We are so excited for Scott to be going home,” Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said. “He is truly a hero, a public servant and a guy who just wants to take the worst of the worst off the street.”
The whole community celebrated Chambers making his way home. A community group set up displays for Chambers on his route home.
The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Honor Guard saluted the procession as it passed.
As Chambers got close to home, police cars and tow trucks lined the side of the road displaying an American flag.
Chambers was welcomed home with hugs.
“He’s a pretty tough, strong guy, but he broke down a few times just seeing all the support. Motors, thank you again it was awesome and everyone from the multi-jurisdictions,” O’Sullivan said to a group outside Chambers’ home.
Chambers has been treated at the hospital for a week for gunshot wounds to his collarbone and upper thigh.
Dr. Michael Oshiki, the President of Riverside Regional Medical Center, said the level two trauma center is equipped and trained to handle gunshot victims.
The training helped save Chambers’ life.
“Our teams train every day and sadly, with the challenge of gun violence in the community, we are very good at taking care of these wounds,” Oshiki said. “We know a patient is coming in. The communication with EMS before they get to the hospital. The work in the emergency department goes straight to the operating room. All the post-care. It’s a team effort that goes in. The whole team celebrates when we have an outcome like this.”
Oshiki said Chambers has a long road to recovery.
“For anybody who has these types of injuries, the recovery is a process…. getting back used to doing physical activities, it’s a process,” he said.
Chambers is a former U.S. Army Ranger and has served in law enforcement for more than two decades. Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said Chambers is “an amazing individual” during a press conference following the shooting.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Chambers here.
The suspect in the shooting, 46-year-old Lamont Lewis, had active warrants on file for one count of 2nd-degree murder, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a firearm in a dwelling.
The charges come following the murder of his wife, Tivona Foggs, who was found dead on Christmas day in the first block of Twin Lakes Circle in Hampton.
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