Family seeks miracle for beaten Oklahoma City officer

Officer Chad Peery, 34, is in critical condition with a spinal cord injury after he intervened in a disturbance in an Oklahoma City bar Tuesday night, police said. Three men were arrested in the beating.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: February 17, 2011 at 6:57 am •  Published: February 16, 2011

Maiming complaints are used when an assault victim is at risk of permanent injuries or loss of limbs, Stewart said.

Smith, Rinken and Lopez were being held without bail Wednesday at the Oklahoma County jail, records show. They had not been charged.

Lopez pleaded guilty to counts of driving while impaired in 2000 and 2009, court records show. His sentences are unclear. Smith and Rinken do not have significant criminal history listed in online court records.

A struggle ahead

Peery has been an officer for three years, patrolling in northwest Oklahoma City, Stewart said. He is married with three boys and a girl, ages 3 to 11, Peery's mother said. He has a brother and two sisters.

“His wife and his children and all of his family are facing a long-term, possibly lifelong struggle,” Janet Peery said.

Chad Peery is a graduate of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School and Northeastern State University, his mother said. He played basketball, football, and baseball in school and enjoyed his job and serving the public.

Peery was in good spirits Wednesday and able to communicate with whispers, but his throat was sore from the surgery, his mother said. He slept for much of the day and could face more surgery.

Janet Peery praised police and hospital workers for their help and compassion in dealing with the incident and its aftermath, and said the family is thankful for an outpouring of support from family, friends and the community. She said her family is proud of her son and praying for a full recovery, and they weren't surprised he tried to intervene in the disturbance while off duty.

“I have unbelievable admiration for the courage that he showed,” she said.

Contributing: Staff Writer Robert Medley

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