RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno police officer who was shot and injured in the line of duty last year has received a Purple Heart, one of only 12 awarded in the city in the past 100 years.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Officer Rand Hutson accepted the medals on Wednesday at the Reno City Council chamber.

Hutson was shot in March 2017 during a traffic stop. A suspect in the shooting, 25-year-old Rafael Navarro-Garcia, was killed in the exchange of gunfire with police.

A second suspect was arrested a week later.

Assistant Police Chief Jason Soto described Hutson as an inspiration for the entire department.

Hutson thanked the city for its support as he recovered from his wound.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,