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The Verdict

As many of our followers on Gentle Reformation will know, two years ago this month our son-in-law, Tommy, was shot in the line of duty in his third week on the job as an officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). We have chronicled the journey the Lord has taken Tommy and Emory on with the following posts.

Abiding in the Almighty’s Shadow | Emory recounting the night of the shooting

Continuing to Abide in the Almighty’s Shadow | A six-month update that includes local Indy newscasts. This link is of Emory reading Psalm 91 on air.

Shattered | Emory’s article on the first anniversary after the shooting

WRTV Article | This article gives details of the trial this month with a video news report

3GT Interview | An episode where you hear Tommy & Emory explain their journey

Last week on February 13-15, the trial was held for the man who shot Tommy. The courtroom scene was intense, especially because this man chose to represent himself, took no responsibility for his actions, made terrible lies and accusations against those involved in this case, and was able to directly examine Tommy.

Yet, after a relatively brief time of deliberation, the jurors brought back guilty verdicts for all nine counts against him, including two counts of attempted murder against Tommy and the officer credited with saving Tommy's life. We rejoice over this display of justice. The presiding judge did a fantastic job in not letting matters get out of control in the courtroom, and everyone else involved was incredible.

Here is the statement that Tommy issued through the IMPD.

We are thankful to be able to stand on faith in Christ alone and be carried along by the prayers and support of IMPD, the FOP, IFD, family, church, friends, and the community. Dan Majors has been a steadfast example of unwavering support and bravery. He risked his life to save mine.
Today has brought our family a sense of relief. Emory and I are grateful for the jury’s verdict. We appreciate the hard work done by the detectives, officers, prosecutors, community members, and everyone else involved in bringing this case to resolution.
We would not have been able to make it through the last two years and especially these past three days without each and every one of you.
I’ve reflected on my first words after being shot and not being able to talk for 2 months. These words seem very appropriate now:
“Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, sweet sweet Jesus.”
While the road to recovery continues, today’s verdict gives us a sense of peace. We have found solace in God’s faithfulness and His mercies which are new every morning.

We give thanks to the Lord for this verdict and His sustaining grace for Tommy and Emory. We remain grateful to all who have prayed and supported them throughout this difficult journey.

The sentencing for this man, Mylik Hill, is scheduled for March 11. Tommy and Emory will be able to give their victim impact statement and, if they choose, address him directly for the first time. Please pray for their witness as they continue to glorify Christ through their sufferings and that Mr. Hill might be led to repentance over his sins.

However, for now, please enjoy this happy picture of Tommy & Emory, then rejoice with them for God's justice and mercy shown to them! “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Gen. 18:25)