The Riverside police officer who was allegedly shot by Christopher Dorner is back home after nearly two weeks in the hospital. Tachias' sister, Patricia, says the 27-year-old underwent surgery last week and faces a long road to recovery.
"Now it's just going to be extensive physical therapy," she said in an interview with KPCC. "He’s going to have to keep doing the physical therapy for quite some time – just to get back up to how he was prior to this incident."
Riverside police officials say Dorner allegedly ambushed Andrew Tachias and his partner Michael Crain, shortly after shooting at two LAPD police officers on Feb. 7. Crain died in the shooting.
Last Thursday, the San Bernadino County Coroner confirmed the remains found in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear were that of ex-cop Dorner, who was wanted for allegedly killing four people and shooting at several law enforcement officers, injuring three of them.
Patricia Tachias says her brother suffered two broken arms and had to have one of his shoulders replaced.
Andrew Tachias joined the Riverside Police Department in December after three years with the Inglewood Police Department. He hopes to return to the police force, she said.
She remembers her sense of shock after she heard about her brother's wounds.
"It had been all over the news so we're talking about it and little did I ever think that five, six hours from the time I was just having a conversation (about the Dorner case) would I actually have a part of it and my family would have a part of it," she said.