PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Turnout was huge at a blood drive is Monday morning in Portsmouth in support of an officer recovering from gunshot wounds. In fact, the drive was so popular, the Portsmouth Police Department announced on Twitter it will be holding a second drive next Monday, November 20th from 10-3 at the Police Training Academy on the corner of Court and Columbia Streets.
“Well this is the first time I’ve given blood,” said Leona Crumpler who’s son is a Portsmouth Police Officer. “This just seems really important, because I mean, that could Have been my kid.”
Officer Angelina Baaklini was shot last week on Hickory Street. Court records show Baaklini was attempting to detain a teenager who was reported as a runaway when the shooting happened.
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The 15-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and is now faced with numerous charges, including attempted capital murder and malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.
Police said in court the teen admitted to being a member of the “300 gang.”
Police said late last week that Baaklini was “progressing in her recovery” following two surgeries.
“She was shot numerous times, she lost a lot of blood, she had to undergo two surgeries and that depleted some of the blood bank’s supply. So what we’re doing here today is helping to replenish that supply and make sure no one had to worry about going without getting blood,” explained Det. Misty Holley.
Dozens of officers from Portsmouth and surrounding cities showed up to donate. Officer T. Tanner of Portsmouth said he was driven by the brotherhood of those who serve.
“It erases color, creed, and everything. It’s just a brotherhood. We all band together, protect each other’s back, respond to calls together and we get to know each other,” Tanner told 10 On Your Side.
A donation fund has also been set up for anyone wishing to make a financial donation.