GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money for Bensenville police officer shot 8 times

Bensenville Police Officer Steven Kotlewski with his 5-year-old daughter
Bensenville Police Officer Steven Kotlewski with his 5-year-old daughter Photo credit GoFundMe

BENSENVILLE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A GoFundMe fundraiser has generated more than $60,000 for a Bensenville police officer and his family, as he lays in a medically-induced coma after being shot several times over the weekend.

The sister-in-law of Bensenville Officer Steven Kotlewski said the family is still in shock over the tragedy of Kotlewski being shot eight times early Saturday. The GoFundMe message said one bullet to the back was stopped by the officer’s bulletproof vest, while another went in his back under his vest. He also suffered multiple shots to both legs.

The message goes on to say that Office Kotlewski came out of a nine-hour surgery on his legs "which were both completely shattered, only to go back into surgery where they repaired his kidney, liver, colon, and diaphragm, along with repairs his pelvis."

Office Kotlewski is currently in the ICU. He is scheduled for another surgery to repair both knees. According to the GoFundMe campaign, Office Kotlewski is currently in a medically induced coma, "because he’s not strong enough to breathe on his own."

Ellie Murphy, the sister-in-law of Bensenville Officer Steven Kotlewski, also wrote that the family would like to personally thank the Bensenville Police Department, "especially the officers who aided Steven in the field and because of their fast-acting, saved Steven’s life.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin echoed that statement.

"Many police officers arrived to render aid and they put tourniquets on the officer and more than likely saved his life," Berlin said.

Officer Kotlewski has a wife and three children, one of whom is special needs. He had responded to a call of a domestic disturbance just after midnight Saturday in the 100 block of South York Road when he was shot.

"The suspect’s mother called the police because she wanted him to leave and he would not leave," DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said.

Kiante Tyler, 21, of Bensenville, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery to a police officer, and aggravated battery to a police officer with a firearm, according to the Dupage County state’s attorney office.

Tyler was denied bail Sunday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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