SUMNER, Iowa – Police Chief Dennis Cain is in full recovery mode following a bank robbery and chase that left him with gunshot wounds.
It's been almost one month since a bank robbery and manhunt in east-central Iowa. Police claim two officers were injured while chasing two men after they robbed the Maynard Savings Bank. Trooper Mark Domino was shot in the arm, and he was treated and released shortly after. The recovery is much slower for Chief Cain who was shot in the neck, thumb and shoulder.
Chief Cain said the biggest things helping him through this tough time are the notes he's getting in the mail from law enforcement officers across the country and the support from the community. Still, he knows it'll take months before he can return to the job he loves.
"Slowly, slowly, trying to heal up," Chief Cain said.
Side-by-side with his wife of 27 years, Chief Cain is facing a long, painful recovery and a lot of hard memories. Nearly a month has passed since bullets started flying at the chief as he sat behind the wheel of his brand new 2013 police explorer. Eight bullets or nine bullets struck his vehicle, and two hit him.
"I knew right away, as soon as I felt it going in me," Chief Cain said.
"I just called out over the radio and I think I said once shots were fired, Slammed it in park. I was on the edge of the south side ditch, put on the breaks and opened the door and crawled out," Chief Cain added.
"I have a brother that lives here and tore into the driveway, and he said he didn't know if it was Denny, but he knew an officer was shot and he knew Denny was following them," said Chief Cain's Wife, Tammy Cain.
The Sumner chief said he was one of two officers chasing the robbery suspects between Sumner and Maynard. That's when he recalls one of the bullets hitting him in the neck, severing his carotid artery. That's an injury that could have meant his life.
"Ben Driscoll, the DOT officer out there, he applied the pressure on me and stayed with me," Chief Cain said. "If he wouldn't have done that I wouldn't have had a chance.
"When I saw him and knew what happened. You can't help but think he's not going to, you know - I don't really want to say it," Tammy Cain said.
The other bullet struck him twice; it blew through his thumb and shoulder. Chief Cain faces dizzy spells from time to time and says he can feel the bullet fragments left in his chest with every breath. Through the pain and frustration, it hasn't taken anything away from his determination to get back to work.
"I'm just going to go out there and do my job and do my job the best I can do. That's all we're trying to do," Chief Cain said.
Even though Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain won't get back to his full-time duties for months, he's staying involved by working on small duties like scheduling the other full-time officers of his department.
As for the punishment for the alleged shooters, Chief Cain said he hopes they get what they deserve. He also said he's ready for his day in court with the two alleged bank robbers.
The court process has already started for the two men police believe robbed the Maynard Savings Bank and led police on a chase. Monday, William Clayton pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, including eight counts of attempted murder. Earlier this month suspected leader Jeremiah Mumford pleaded not guilty to 35 charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder, terrorism, and assault with a weapon.
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