Thunder to honor OKC police officer

The Thunder will honor Oklahoma City police officer Katie Lawson with the January Devon Energy Community Hero Award during Thursday's game with the Orlando Magic.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: January 13, 2011
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Oklahoma City police officer Katie Lawson, who was shot multiple times in August, will be honored at tonight's Oklahoma City Thunder game.

Lawson, 27, was ambushed by a gunman with an AR-15 rifle after helping a county sheriff's deputy on a drunken driving call. Three people face charges in the shooting.

The Thunder will honor her with the January Devon Energy Community Hero Award during the 7 p.m. game with the Orlando Magic.

Lawson was shot six times. Her bulletproof vest stopped several of the shots. One bullet grazed her cheek and went through her ear. She was also wounded in the left buttocks and right calf.

Despite her wounds, Lawson managed to pull her .45-caliber pistol and return fire, which chased off the suspect. She attempted to give chase, but could not run because of her wounds.

Police Chief Bill Citty said Lawson's quick reaction to return fire likely saved her life.

Lawson plans to return to light duty soon.