Coeur d’Alene officer that was shot new to force, has baby at home

Coeur d’Alene officer that was shot new to force, has baby at home
Coeur d'Alene Police Officer Charles Hatley was shot by a suspect February 27th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Officer who was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a convicted felon Tuesday night had just recently joined the department. He’s also married with a 7-week old baby at home.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White says Officer Charles Hatley was hit in the stomach by a single bullet. He was taken by patrol car to Kootenai Health where he underwent surgery. Chief White says he was up and standing Wednesday morning.

“He’s a strong young man,” Chief White said. “He did extremely well out there.”

Officer Hatley has only been with the department for six months. He enrolled in the basic training academy in August 2017. He graduated in December, then completed post-academy training. He was riding with a training officer, Officer Taylor Beach, who has been a law enforcement officer for five years. Chief White says she’ll take whatever time she needs before returning to work.

“We give our officers time to heal and respond appropriately,” Chief White said. “When she’s ready, she’ll return to work… She’s a phenomenal officer and I can’t wait to get her back on the street when she’s ready.”

Chief White thanked the entire community for supporting his officers and his department.

“The biggest thing is to keep Officer Hatley in your prayers,” Chief White said. “He does have a recovery in front of him. It’s not like he’s going to be up running a marathon tomorrow or anything like that.”