Full recovery expected for wounded Hammond officer

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A police chief says the northwestern Indiana officer shot during a bank robbery is out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says the 34-year-old officer suffered three gunshot wounds in the leg when he was shot while still inside his squad car after arriving at Friday's robbery.

Miller tells The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville that the officer was released from the hospital on Sunday and spent Christmas Day with his family.

The two 24-year-old Gary men charged with the robbery are scheduled to appear for detention hearings Thursday in federal court. Messages seeking comment from defense attorneys for David Hardin and Brealon Miller Jr. weren't immediately returned.

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