Fundraiser held for Portsmouth Police Officer who was shot in the line of duty

PORTSMOUTH, VA. (WAVY) — A fundraiser was held Sunday in support of the Portsmouth officer who was shot on Nov. 6. 

Officer Angelina Baaklini was shot attempting to detain a 15-year-old who had been reported as a runaway.

Baaklini walked out of Norfolk General Hospital on Nov. 21 after being there for nearly two weeks.

Since the shooting, Baaklini’s received a lot of support from the community and many showed up Sunday afternoon at MoMac Brewing Company to donate to her recovery fund.

“We knew it was going to be busy, but I think it’s exceeded our expectations,” said co-owner Scott Krick.

Krick says proceeds from select beers will go towards Baaklini’s fund.

Krick says the brewery,which opened in July, helped with the fundraiser because they support the police department and the brewery is a part of the community.

“We feel strongly that this place can’t exist without the community support so we’re always here to support the community,” he said.

Baaklini, who has been an officer for 15 months, says she was shocked to see the turnout at the event.

“There were so many people here it was really overwhelming in a good way. So many people came out to support me. It was amazing to see it,” she said.

On top of the fundraiser, Baaklini says she’s received community support in other ways including flowers, gifts and cards.

“A lot of stuff at my house. It helps me seeing stuff like that really does help. Being positive does help. You have to stay in the fight,” she said.

Baaklini is now fighting to get back to work by making a full recovery.

She says all the support she’s gotten from strangers, nurses and especially her fellow police officers will help to get her there.

“I am incredibly thankful. I could never repay them for what they’ve done for me, the people who saved my life. I just thank them,” she said