The patrol car of officer Katie Lawson, 27, who was shot in an ambush-style attack Sunday, was put on display today by Oklahoma City police. Police also released the audiotape of the police radio transmission the night of the shooting, where Lawson can be heard telling the dispatcher “I’ve been shot.” Lawson has been released from the hospital and is recovering, police Capt. Patrick Stewart said this morning. “Obviously she’s got a long recovery ahead of her,” Stewart said. At the Oklahoma City police evidence barn in southeast Oklahoma City, the bullet holes were seen on the officer’s side door, but police did not comment on what happened. Lawson has been interviewed by detectives but declined to talk publicly about the shooting. Drops of blood could be seen on the inside of the patrol car. “It’s important that the public see the dangers that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis,” Stewart said. “It’s important that the public see the results of this attack on the officer.” A number of holes on the passenger side of the car are exit holes, he said. Lawson had just finished assisting an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped Hector Mercado, 42, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, outside his house at 2705 NW 38. About 10:45 p.m. Sunday, she radioed dispatchers to say she was stopping to talk to a Hispanic male standing near a business. She radioed a short while later and said she was shot. Body armor stopped some of the bullets fired at her but she was hit multiple times when she got out of her car near NW 38 and Miller Avenue and returned fire. It is not known when she will return to full duty, Stewart said. Alex Mercado, 17, Hector Escalante, 18, and Vilma Escalante, 52, remain at the Oklahoma County jail on charges of shooting with intent to kill in the incident. Prosecutors say that Vilma Escalante, Hector Escalante and Alex Mercado acted together to shoot Lawson numerous times. The officer was shot in the face, body and legs but survived. Prosecutors allege Alex Mercardo fired an assault rifle. Police said the suspects are the wife and sons of Hector Mercado, who was pulled over in front of his house about 25 minutes before the shooting. While the shooting was happening, an Oklahoma City police officer wrote in an affidavit, Vilma Escalante was pleading with the deputy to release Hector Mercado, who had been arrested in front of his house.
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