Injured New Britain Officer Makes First Public Appearance

Friday, Feb 21, 2014  |  Updated 11:50 PM EDT
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Injured New Britain Officer Makes First Public Appearance

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Officer Bret Morgan, right.

There was a packed crowd in New Britain theater Friday night, all to support Officer Brett Morgan, who is still recovering from his injuries he sustained in the line of duty last month.

Officer Morgan sat front and center with his family, a cast visible on his arm.

He laughed along with the crowd as various stand up comics took the stage for "Stand Up for Brett"- The Chaz & AJ Benefit Comedy Show for Officer Brett Morgan

Morgan was hurt when Jaheem Snype, 19,struck him with a stolen car and dragged him several yards across the pavement on January 19th.

Snype was taken into custody at an apartment in Barton, Vt., close to the Canadian border, days later.  He was then extradited to Connecticut.

Morgan is still receiving outpatient care for his injuries. New Britain Police Chief James Wardell says Officer Morgan made it a priority to come to the benefit.

"He set a personal goal for himself several weeks ago when Chaz and AJ first started to plan this. He set it as a goal to be here tonight and its just typical of the way he's been recovering, he set a goal and he achieved it," said Wardell.

Snype is facing several charges, including criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and assault on a police officer.

The benefit for Officer Morgan raised about 7,000 dollars.

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