- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

WOODRUFF, S.C. (AP) - A police chief in South Carolina praised a veteran officer Monday for not shooting at a suspect who had already shot him in the arm because there was a small child in the room.

Darnell Dawkins was the first officer into a Woodruff home during a drug raid, Woodruff Police Chief Alan Bledsole said at a news conference.

The bullet went through the fleshy part of Dawkins’ upper arm.

“In one side and out the other. Cleaned it up, bandaged it up and he is already again … wanting to come back to work,” Bledsole said of the 24-year law enforcement veteran.

Dennis Alexander, 38, fired on the officer because he thought he was being robbed, then immediately put down his gun, authorities said.

He faces attempted-murder and other charges. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

The chief said Dawkins knew there was a toddler inside the home. Bledsole said he couldn’t be any prouder of his officers for not putting the child at risk.

“It’s incredible, the discipline it takes to keep from returning fire from somebody who just shot you,” Bledsole said.

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