Officer shot during Las Vegas protest paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak

ABCNews reports a police officer who was shot in the head during a Las Vegas Strip protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak, his family said in a statement released by police.

Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot June 1 during protests over the death of Floyd at the hands of police. The family statement released on twitter by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Saturday said he is expected to stay on the ventilator. He has been tentatively accepted at a spine rehabilitation center.

The family thanked doctors, nurses and staff at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for their care and the community for support and fundraising.

Per WNCT9, after the outpouring of support shared on “Shay Day” held earlier this week, the family of injured Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis gave an update on his condition Saturday.

“Words cannot being to express how grateful we feel,” the family wrote in a post published on Facebook. “We, as a family, want to say thank you Las Vegas for your continuing support of Shay.”

The Mikalonis family shared that Officer Shay is paralyzed from the neck down and is unable to speak.

The 29-year-old Metro officer was shot in the head during a protest in front of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino on the evening of Monday, June 1.

“Shay is awake and seems to recognize his family members,” the family added. They went on to thank the medical staff at UMC Trauma who have been treating Shay since he was injured earlier this month.

Shay’s family says he’s “tentatively been accepted to one of the best spine rehabilitation centers in the country,” where he will soon continue treatment. The family did not release the name of the center, but will “when the time is right.”

Shay, who’s family says is a “big time” Vegas Golden Knights fan was given a Knights jersey signed by the team.

“That jersey will go with Shay to the rehabilitation center, so he will always have a slice of home with him. Thank you Golden Knights!” the Mikalonis family wrote.