NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The North Miami Beach officer shot in the line of duty is recovering after undergoing surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Monday.
According to family members, Officer Lino Diaz had surgery to repair a fractured bone on his arm.
“They had to put a plate and a couple of screws to hold it in place,” said Suhaill Diaz, Officer Diaz’s sister.
Officer Dias was shot in the arm and leg Friday morning while trying to serve a search warrant at a home off NE 160th St. and 8th Ave. in North Miami Beach.
It’ll be a couple of days before the decorated police veteran gets to go home, but he and his family are relieved the surgery went well.
“He was a little bit nervous, you know, just like, it’s his first surgery so he didn’t know what to expect but he was in good spirits. He was surrounded by, you know, the family members and he had a lot of police officers there so it was like a big family,” said Suhaill Diaz.
When he does go home, Officer Diaz will have some special “get well” gifts to take with him, including a teddy bear in a sling given to him by his 7-year-old daughter before surgery and a poster signed by North Miami Beach little leaguers, who also recorded a message for Officer Diaz on opening day.
“Get well officer Diaz!” said the little leaguers in unison on opening day.
The city of North Miami Beach announced an extension of city benefits and insurance benefits so Officer Diaz doesn’t have to worry about anything during surgery or physical therapy.
“When you take two bullets for the city in the line of duty, we need to go above and beyond for Lino, as Lino has gone above and beyond for us,” said North Miami Beach city manager Ana Garcia.
Elton Bandoo, 26, is accused of firing several shots from a .40 caliber firearm. Two of those bullets struck Diaz. Bandoo appeared before a Miami-Dade County judge Saturday and was held without bond.
The bullet that hit Officer Diaz in the leg right above his knee is still lodged in his muscle.
“They’re not going to remove it because they probably think that it’s going to cause more damage but it’s going to be lodged in there,” said Suhaill Diaz.
According to family members, Officer Diaz will have to spend another couple of days at the hospital under observation. He’ll also need physical therapy.
His family also says he’s eager to return to work and that’s his motivation to heal as fast as possible.