Amanda Raus, Chris Podosek
Dozens of police officers from all different communities gathered outside the hospital to see Officer Jonathan Ley leave.
A Norwich police officer who was shot several times during a standoff in Norwich this week was discharged from Yale-New Haven Hospital on Thursday morning, nearly three days after being shot.
It was an emotional departure for Jonathan Ley, a 14-year veteran of the department, who waved to the nearly 100 officers there to greet him.
Fellow officers applauded as Ley left the hospital and he wiped away tears as he was placed in an SUV.
Ley was in critical condition when he was admitted to the hospital on Monday and his condition has improved over the last few days.
State police said Jason Razzino, 30, shot Ley during a standoff before taking his own life.
Ley, a veteran of the Coast Guard, has been with Norwich Police for 14 years. Police said he is a highly decorated veteran of the department.
He is the father of a 2-year-old son and is described as outgoing.
Ley was shot while responding to the Cedar Glen Apartment complex at 99 Cedar Street around 2:45 p.m. on Monday after receiving a report of a despondent person with a weapon who threatened to commit suicide-by-cop.
Around 3:55 p.m., several shots were fired and Officer Ley was hit in the arm, leg, back and base of the neck, police said.
He was rushed by ambulance to Backus Hospital in Norwich and then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to State Police.