As Officer Jacob Carlson continues his slow and very difficult recovery from wounds he sustained in a gunfight two Sundays ago.

The good news is that according to Casper Police, he is now breathing on his own, and can nod answers to simple yes or no questions.

His family has asked the department to release this statement...

“I just want to extend my greatest gratitude towards my family, Jacob's family, my law enforcement family, and to all of those who have reached out during this difficult time. I am overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received. I want tp extend my greatest gratitude for all of the love and support we have received. But I also ask that the questions and details not be asked during this difficult time as my husband is currently fighting for his life. #TeamCarlson #BackTheBlue