CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park police officer Nik Anderson is back on the job after recovering from injuries sustained during a standoff in August, the department’s assistant chief announced Monday via Twitter.
Cedar Park Police Department Interim Chief Mike Harmon tweeted the news with a photo of Anderson saying, “Nik still has a long road to a full recovery but is able to help out around the PD and is excited to be back at work.”
Anderson was one of three Cedar Park officers shot during an incident that developed into a 16-hour standoff. The suspect, identified as Joseph Desean Taylor, was eventually taken into custody by police after holding his mother and two siblings hostage after he shot the officers responding to a call near a home on Natalie Cove.
Anderson was shot in the bicep area of his left arm and needed surgery to repair the damage. He said the injuries have most affected his family and kids.
“It’s no longer dad wrestling and playing like we used to, it’s a lot of questions like, ‘Daddy when is your arm going to get better? When are you going to be able to do this, that and the other thing?'” Anderson explained.
He said his children are concerned he’ll get shot again. When speaking about his oldest son, Anderson said “it’s a pretty hard thing for a 5-year-old to go through.”
When deciding on coming back to his law enforcement job, Anderson said he enjoys being a police officer.
“I’m going to continue to do what makes me happy. I mean, helping people is what makes me happy with this job,” he said.
Overall, Anderson said he appreciates the support he’s gotten during recovery.
“The city’s been great, the department’s been great and each individual person that I’ve come into contact with since being hurt has been outstanding,” Anderson said.
Officers Jaqueline Quiles and Cris Hester were also injured in the incident. Quiles was shot in the rib cage, but her vest stopped the bullet. Hester was grazed on the top of head and needed stitches to close the wound.