Centerpoint Medical Center said Friday afternoon that Independence police officer Tom Wagstaff, who was critically wounded after responding to a burglary and home invasion call March 29, has been released to a long-term rehabilitation facility for continued recovery.

The neurosurgeon who treated Wagstaff said his case has been one of a kind.

“In my 30-plus years as a physician, I've yet to see such a remarkable recovery – truly a miracle in the making,” Dr. Roger Ray said in a hospital news release. “While Officer Wagstaff has a long road to recovery, we are confident that he will continue to make improvements, and we will be by his side throughout his journey.

“We thank the community, the Independence Police Department and the support from around the nation that has helped support this family and our first responders.”

On April 4, Independence Chief of Police Brad Halsey had posted a social media message saying that Wagstaff showed “optimistic signs” but also that his condition remained critical and his recovery would be long.