MONROE, Mich (WTVG) - A Monroe Police officer who was shot May 24 is still in the hospital and recovering from her injuries, however that recovery is expected to be long and challenging.
A fundraiser set up for Cpl. Renae Peterson to cover medical expenses and additional needs for her family has raised nearly $45,000 so far.
There is also a fund set up at the Monroe Community Credit Union, where individuals wishing to donate can do so to: K Peterson FOB R Peterson. Those checks can be mailed to the bank or dropped off.
Monroe Police Officer Renae Peterson was shot multiple times Sunday night when, according to police, she spotted a car that was reportedly carjacked and attempted to stop the suspects.
A spokesperson for the Monroe Police Department says Peterson was out of her patrol car when she was shot multiple times, below her bulletproof vest.
A long-time friend and fellow officer, Meghan Lehman started an online fundraiser in an effort to help the Peterson family with medical bills and other needs.
Lehman describes her friend as a fighter. Cpl. Peterson is a wife, mother of 3 and a breast cancer survivor.
"Renae is a warrior. If anyone could beat a tough situation, it would be her," says Lehman.
Peterson was rushed to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries after Sunday's shooting. She has already had multiple surgeries, and additional surgeries are planned as her road to recovery and healing continues.
In one day, Lehman's t-shirt campaign has raised more than $21,000. That money will be used for anything the Peterson family may need.
Cpl. Peterson is a 16-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department. She was named Officer of the Year in 2016 and spent years of her career working crimes against children.
"She is there to help victims of crime. She really cares about everyone out there. I know this job was a calling for her," says Lehman.
Peterson's husband is also a member of the Monroe Police Department. Cpl. Peterson is in serious but stable condition.
The fundraiser is available until June 15. All of the orders will be shipped after this date, with the money going directly to the Peterson family.