An Austin Police Swat Team Member, who was shot in the line of duty, took to the witness stand Wednesday. Officer James Pitman spoke out about the struggles he has faced since being shot in the knee, during the second day of sentencing for the man convicted of shooting him during an early morning drug raid in Central Austin.
Back in May of 2016, Pitman was a member of the swat team which conducted a drug raid on a home on Marrow Street, where then 18-year-old Tyler Harrell was living with his parents. Harrell grabbed his AK-47 and shot Pitman after police entered the house.
Since that day, Pitman says he is in constant pain and there are things he will never get back, like playing with his kids, or running around lady bird lake.
For the last two years, Pitman has been undergoing physical therapy but walks with a limp.
He says he needs a knee replacement but that he's too young to get one.
Pitman is still employed with the Austin Police Department but has had to change positions due to his injury. He says every time he knocks on a door to serve a warrant the fear of being shot is always in the back of his mind.
It has also changed his perspective on being a police officer. "I use to feel if someone shot a cop they would be remorseful but I'm finding out that is not the case," Pitman said.
His comment appeared to be directed at Harrell but continued to voice his frustrations about not guilty verdict charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer.
“Is it worth it putting my life on the line if that's what the community thinks?"
Harrell's mother testified she will keep an eye on her son if jury grants decides on probation.
Harrell faces up to 20 years in prison.