The security guard hailed as a hero following a shooting at the Family Research Council has been released from the hospital, the FRC announced Friday.
Building manager Leo Johnson, who was filling in on security duty Aug. 15, wrestled a Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun away from a gunman even after being shot in the arm.
"I am thankfully now out of the hospital. My condition continues to improve although it appears another surgery will be needed," Johnson said in a statement. "I want to thank everyone for the support and prayers during my recovery. I thank the media for their interest but ask for their understanding of my family's desire for privacy as I focus on getting better."
The suspect in that incident, Floyd Lee Corkins II, has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.
The day of of the shooting, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier commended Johnson for his actions. "The security officer here is a hero, as far as I'm concerned," she said. "He did his job. The person never made it past farther than the front door."