EXCLUSIVE: MPD officer shot in the line of duty talks to News 5

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) –  When you ask Corporal Ben Towarnycky how he’s doing, he will tell you his arm is “just a little sore.”  That’s an understatement considering he was shot by a suspect last Friday night in West Mobile, after pulling over a vehicle that was reported stolen. Police say suspect, DaJoune Dubose fired the shot that hit in him in the triceps. The bullet traveled up the back of his arm and rested in his shoulder. It is still lodged behind his shoulder bone. 

“The doctors said its best to leave it in there,” Towarnycky said. “I knew I was struck but I didn’t feel any pain initially.”

Corporal Towarnycky says he had just started his shift last Friday night when he got the call. He says his training kicked in, and he went into autopilot. When he was shot, he recalls his adrenaline spiking. His biggest concern was about keeping the community safe from a dangerous suspect.  Dubose fled while Towarnycky waited for an ambulance for his bleeding wound.

“Obviously this person was dangerous, and I didn’t want anyone else getting hurt. I am hurt and I didn’t want anyone else getting hurt. that was worrisome for me.”

News 5 stayed on the air for nearly three hours while police searched for Dajoune Dubose. He was eventually taken into custody near the intersection of Girby Road and Lloyds Lane.  Corporal Towarnycky’s wife, Carminia, says she saw the news coverage and didn’t think it was her husband who as shot. Her mood changed when she received a call from Ben’s Captain.

“He told me it was Ben. My heart dropped, but he confirmed that he was ok and that it was not life-threatening. He was at the hospital,”  Caminia said tearfully.

Carminia was so relieved when she finally arrived at the hospital to see her husband. She describes him smiling at her, and she felt a sense of relief.  He was surrounded by a group of officers and was in good spirits.

The Towarnycky’s are so thankful for the outpouring of support their family has received.  They have many of the “Get Well” cards displayed on the mantle.

“I appreciate the cards. I got my phone back at the hospital and I had numerous missed texts, social media all over the place. There was a lot of support praying for me and thanking me for what I do,”  Towarnycky said.

Corporal Towarnycky says he has weeks of therapy ahead but plans to return to law enforcement.  He is enjoying this time to heal with his wife and three children.

“The hugs might be a little longer, I might hold on to them more than a minute than I used to. Every day I tell them I love them, ” he said.

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