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Hawks remains in serious condition


Chief undergoing therapy, family begins posting updates on Web site



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Raymond Hawks
May 14, 2008
CAPAC — Chief Raymond Hawks has emerged from a coma and is currently undergoing rehabilitation on a daily basis to regain his strength. Family members have begun posting updates on Hawks' condition on their Web site, www.chiefhawks.com.

According to Port Huron Hospital officials, Hawks remains in serious condition. A posting on the Web site said doctors will attempt to remove the ventilator once he regains more strength.

Hawks suffered a gunshot wound on April 16 while attempting to apprehend 50 year-old Donald Burke outside of his William G. Drive home. According to family members, Hawks suffered damage to his lung and liver as a result.

Burke, who underwent triple bypass heart surgery soon after his arrest, was slated to appear in court last week for a pre-trial hearing but allegedly was readmitted to the hospital for unknown reasons.

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Port Huron Hospital spokesperson, Sherry Sheleny, said she had no information on Burke's condition.

His next court appearance is slated for May 27 when it's expected testimony will be taken from others whom Burke allegedly shot at including Deputy Tim O'Boyle who was grazed by a bullet and tow truck driver Mike Thorpe whose truck was shot at several times.

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