Portsmouth officer released from hospital: ‘I’ll be back there soon’

Portsmouth police officer Angelina Baaklini leaves Sentara Norfolk General Hospital just over two weeks after being shot on duty.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Angelina Baaklini walked out of Norfolk General Hospital on Tuesday night to a strong showing of support from local law enforcement.

“She is walking out of the hospital, not rolling out, walking out,” said Misty Holley, a spokeswoman for the Portsmouth Police Department.

Baaklini’s release from the hospital comes after multiple surgeries and 15 days of recovery.

On Nov. 6, police say a 15-year-old runaway suspect shot Baaklini on Hickory Street in Mount Hermon.

On Tuesday, a smiling Baaklini was greeted by family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers from across Hampton Roads, including a line of patrol cars with lights flashing in celebration.

When asked by WAVY’s Joe Fisher if she was ready to go back to work, Baaklini perked up.

“Yeah, absolutely!” she said. “They won’t let me yet, but I’ll be back there soon.”

Since the shooting, people have turned their porch lights blue and the department has hosted two blood drives and set up a fund to support the officer’s recovery.

“I’m glad to be going home,” said Baaklini. “I want to thank everyone for the love and support they’ve given me though this. It helps me every single day to get through it, so thank you.”

It’s still unclear when Baaklini will return to work.

The 15-year-old suspect has since admitted to being a part of a gang. He is facing multiple charges, including attempted capital murder and malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.