HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was shot three times still can't speak and his movements are limited.
A statement by the highway patrol on Tuesday says Trooper Wade Palmer shows signs of recognizing certain people and things and he's interacting through hand gestures and facial expressions.
The statement says Palmer is in physical therapy to strengthen his left arm and leg, while only limited movement has been detected on his right side.
Col. Tom Butler of the highway patrol says Palmer is becoming more aware of sensory input and is "re-learning how to connect the dots."
Palmer was shot in the neck and head last month while investigating a Missoula shooting that killed one person and wounded two others. Johnathan Bertsch has pleaded not guilty to charges of homicide and attempted homicide.