Supporters rally around Fortville police Officer Matt Fox, who was shot while on duty

INDIANAPOLIS - A benefit was held Saturday evening for a Fortville police officer who was shot in the line of duty over the summer.

Officer Matt Fox was shot several times after he chased a suspect. Supporters gathered at the Just Teasin' Hair Salon at 96th Street and Allisonville Road to help Fox and his family, along with one of his favorite charities.

Fox has returned to work but is still facing a long road to recovery after being struck in the face, chest and hand. Police said James Lockhart fired 12 rounds, striking Fox five times.

Earlier this week, Fox had a second surgery on his hand. Once it heals, he plans to ditch a desk assignment for his squad car.

"I've always had the motivation to do this job, and I've always knew there was a risk," Fox said. "I still see myself wanting to do this job, and I will continue to until I'm unable to."

Half the money raised at Saturday night's even will go to Concerns of Police Survivors , an organization that supports family members of officers who were killed while on duty. The other half of the money will go toward Fox's rehabilitation.

"It's really unbelievable to see what they have to deal with every day, so it motivated me to do something for Matt and for other officers," said Jennifer Wilson, of Just Teasin'.

"I know that he's still got a journey and he's still going through therapy and it's probably going to be a very long road, but he's here, and he's with us," said Dawn Veirs, of Indiana COPS. "We are celebrating tonight, and hopefully, we can raise a lot of money."

Fox said he hopes to return to patrolling in as soon as six weeks.

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