The Waco SWAT officer who was severely injured in a confrontation that led to the shooting death of a drug suspect earlier this month is returning home after two weeks of recovery in the hospital, police officials announced Wednesday.

Waco police Officer William Graeber, who has been with the department eight years, released a statement with the Waco Police Department saying he and his family appreciate the ongoing support they have received. He suffered broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, burns and a concussion.

"We wanted to share with everyone that we are home from the hospital and are beginning the process of outpatient recovery," Graeber wrote in the press release. "We will never be able to properly give our thanks to everyone who supported us through this difficult time. … We are proud to call this community home, and I look forward to serving it for the rest of my career."

Graeber was pinned under a GMC Yukon on Aug. 1 after officers stopped Kerry Bradley, 37, outside his residence, where they planned to serve search warrants in a drug investigation, officials said.

Police said Bradley intentionally struck Graeber in an attempt to escape and pinned the officer under the vehicle before police shot and killed Bradley near the intersection of 23rd Street and Olive Avenue.

Bradley's family has called for an independent investigation and claimed to have evidence police shot Bradley before Graeber was hit. The family said police fired 37 shots, striking Bradley 22 times.

Family members and supporters also demonstrated during Tuesday night's Waco City Council meeting.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said an internal police investigation remains ongoing alongside a Texas Rangers investigation.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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