SAN ANTONIO -- The family of SAPD Officer Robert 'Bobby' Deckard released a statement on his condition Wednesday night.
Deckard was shot in the head on Dec. 8 during a high-speed chase with armed robbery suspects. His body had been cooled to try to relieve pressure on his brain but had to be warmed back up because it was unsafe to keep his body temperature that low for an extended period of time, doctors said.
They thanked people for reaching out to them on a national level. The statement also said the doctors had reached a point where they knew there was not much more that could be done to save Deckard's life.
The family said they take comfort in the fact that Deckard is an organ donor and that he will continue to offer others a second chance through that.
Read the entire statement below:
We sincerely appreciate everyone standing beside us at this tough time in our lives. People from all over the country have reached out to us and it fills our hearts with pride to know that everyone was touched by Bobby's story to such an extent. Unfortunately the doctors have reached a point where they can no longer do much to save Bobby's life. Although it pains us to let him go, we must begin to and are thankful for the fact that we have had these few precious days with him since he was injured. We do take pride in knowing that Bobby was doing what he loved doing; protecting the citizens of San Antonio. We also take great comfort in knowing that Bobby will continue to offer others a second chance at life through organ donation when his time does come in the next few days. Your continued thoughts and prayers are felt and appreciated. We would like to express our wholehearted appreciation to the SAMMC medical staff and to the SAPD for everything they've done. We would again ask the media to respect our request for privacy during this trying time. Thank you all.