Family of Critically Wounded Officer Holds Out Hope He Survives

Officer Gabriel Garcia was critically wounded when he was shot by a gunman who was killed by the officer's partner in San Bernardino

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    San Bernardino Officer Gabriel Garcia remained in critical condition Friday after being shot several times. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Colton Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

    The family of an officer shot and critically wounded early Friday held out hope that their loved one would pull through as he fights for his life in an intensive care unit at a San Bernardino hospital.

    Officer Gabriel Garcia was in surgery for several hours this morning. He was shot during an encounter with a gunman who was subsequently killed by Garcia's partner at 2 a.m. in the city of San Bernardino.

    Paramedics rushed Garcia, 31, to the emergency room at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. He was taken into surgery for multiple life threatening bullet wounds to the upper body.

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    Family members of Officer Gabriel Garcia were by his side at a hospital Friday afternoon as he "fights for his life." Garcia, who has six years on the force, was critically injured in a shootout in San Bernardino overnight. Tony Shin reports live from Colton for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, Aug. 22, 2104.

    For those who know him best, including his brothers and sisters in blue, it is hard to even speak.

    Garcia, who has been on the department for more than six years, was described as an exceptional member of the police force whose father is a respected captain.

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    A man suspected of being involved in a shootout early Friday morning that left him dead and a San Bernardino police officer clinging for life was well known in the community where he lived and now neighbors are recalling what he and the group of men he was with were doing just before the deadly gun battle. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from San Bernardino Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

    The training officer is so trusted that he works nights in the most dangerous areas of the city.

    San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said he is an outstanding young man.

    "He has served this community proudly and he'll serve this community very well throughout his career," Burguan said.

    In neighboring Beaumont, officers from the local police department guard his home as a sign of respect and security.

    Neighbors say Garcia is a divorced dad who loves his little daughter more than anything.

    They also say despite being a quiet neighbor who mostly keeps to himself, he has protected his neighborhood with the same passion he displays while wearing a badge.

    "He's always looking out," said neighbor Elma, who gave no last name. "If anything goes wrong, he's always giving someone a call."

    Delia Quintaniloa said she, too, holds out hope for a speedy recovery.

    "Our hearts go out to the law enforcement community, the people that serve and protect us everyday," she said. "And especially, for him, for a quick recovery for him and his family."

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