CARTER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy is making strides in his recovery after being shot during an eviction on Friday, August, 16.
Deputy Brigg Pierson returned home to Carter County on Friday, September 13. The sheriff asked residents to line the streets for a welcome home.
Sheriff Rick Stephens helped escort Pierson back to his home in Mountain View. He says Pierson is still in a lot of pain but making progress with his physical therapy.
“He was relieved to be home. It’s been a long four weeks,” said the sheriff. "Very emotional but very humbled at the outpouring of support and love for him. Little children lining the side of the road and they’re holding signs saying ‘Brave like Brigg.’”
More fundraisers are being planned next month in Carter County to continue helping Deputy Pierson and his family pay for medical bills and other expenses.
He told the Sheriff he was humbled that so many people came out for the parade
Deputy Pierson was serving an eviction of James Cummings, 31, of Van Buren, Mo. During the eviction, Pierson was required to kick the door in to get to Cummings, who then opened fire, hitting Pierson several times and Trooper Caleb McCoy once.
Since then, Pierson has been able to get up and walk and continues to work on physical therapy.
As of Aug. 27 Sheriff Rick Stephens said the deputy is gaining strength daily.
Sheriff Stephens said was shocked when he received the call that one of his deputies was shot.
“I was notified immediately from one of our dispatchers that we had an officer down, and to be perfectly honest my heart sank,” said Sheriff Stephens.
The shooting was the first time Sheriff Stephens almost lost one of his deputies.
The house where the alleged shooter James Cummings was staying is now being demolished. Stephens was here for the seven-hour standoff and saw officers risk their own lives to save Deputy Brigg Pierson.
“Whether it is talking to this officer trying to keep his emotional good and keep him fighting or literally grabbing him and dragging him out," Stephens said. "They’re heroes and it makes me very proud.”
Deputy Pierson was shot three times and is recovering at a hospital in St. Louis.
Stephens said many police officers have already visited him.
“And Brigg is the type of person that is continually welcoming these people with a smile on his face, yet in a huge amount of pain," said Stephens. "It’s gotten to the point where I personally have had to say ‘He needs to sleep.’”
Stephens said Pierson is making progress every day but thinks it will take a long time for him to fully recover.
“Brigg talked to me this morning and said I am going to fight through this and I’m going to be back at work as soon as I can, but tell people thank you for the outpouring of love for him and his family and the prayers,” said Stephens.
Sheriff Stephens said all the officers in his department will go through critical incident debriefings to address the mental and emotional stress from the officer-involved shooting.
For those interested in supporting Deputy Pierson and his family can follow this link to learn more about donation opportunities.