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Injured trooper transferred to rehab hospital

November 13, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE and ANDREW SCHOTZ

laurae@herald-mail.com

andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A West Virginia State Police trooper who was shot in the head last month left Washington County Hospital Tuesday for a rehabilitation center in Georgia.

Trooper Robert J. Elswick was flown to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Dr. Marc Kross, surgeon-in-chief of the hospital's Trauma Center, said Tuesday morning.

Elswick was shot Oct. 10 while responding to a domestic violence call west of Hedgesville, W.Va.

His condition was critical for several weeks. He was taken off a ventilator Oct. 30 and now he can breathe and swallow on his own, Kross said.

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Sgt. D.D. Forman said Elswick is "progressing," noting that the trooper communicated with his wife and with Trooper M.M. Kingery within the last week or so.

Elswick's family flew with him Tuesday and will stay with him, Forman said.

They left Hagerstown Regional Airport in a fixed-wing air ambulance, Kross said.

David Eugene Munday, 37, of Hedgesville, W.Va., has been charged with burglary and kidnapping in connection with the events leading up to the shooting.

Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Tuesday morning that she expects to present the case to the next grand jury, which will convene in February.

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