Sumner police chief Dennis Cain is on the road to recovery after being shot during a pursuit of two suspects after an Oct. 30 bank robbery in Maynard, officials said Thursday.
Cain was shot in the neck, hand and thumb in the manhunt that followed the bank robbery. He underwent surgery the night of the shooting at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Hospital spokesman Jim Waterbury said Cain was shot through the neck with one bullet, while a second went through his thumb and then through his shoulder.
Sumner Mayor Gary Wilke said he believed Cain had surgery on his thumb Tuesday afternoon at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but will be transported back to Allen Hospital soon.
According to Wilke, Cain’s injury to his neck was repaired within a few hours after the incident and has been doing well, but the hand injuries may take more time and more rehabilitation.
“The fact that Police Chief Cain survived and is doing well is pretty special,” Wilke said.
Wilke said a fund has been created at First State Bank and Northeast Security Bank in Sumner to help the Cain family with unexpected expenses.
“The community appreciates the support that has been shown,” Wilke said. ‘We’re really thankful for that. It’s small-town Iowa at its best.”