The condition of a county police officer shot last week near Cape St. Claire has improved.
Cpl. Lawrence "Larry" Adams' improvement from serious to fair condition came as a relief Thursday to law enforcement officials.
"We know that he still has a long road to recovery, but this is great news and we know that the community's prayers and support have helped," said county police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith.
Patients in fair condition show vital signs that are stable and within normal limits, according to the American Hospital Association. They are conscious but may be uncomfortable, the AHA says.
Adams had been in serious condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore throughout the week. Patients in serious condition may show vital signs that are unstable and not within normal limits.
O'Brien Atkinson, president of the county's largest police union, said the surgeons at Shock Trauma "do incredible things for our police officers and firefighters who have the misfortune of ending up" there.
"I think that short of Walt Disney World, Shock Trauma is the most magical place on earth," Atkinson said.
The county police department posted a photo on social media Tuesday of Adams in his hospital room, smiling with his wife and the owner of the 7-Eleven near where Adams was shot.
Police said Adams encountered a would-be armed robber outside the 7-Eleven at about 2:20 a.m. Friday.
The men got into a physical altercation that ended with Adams being shot in the neck. The shooting occurred between 100 feet and 200 feet away from the business.
Police tracked a van Adams had seen just prior to the shooting to a home in Severn.
Investigators that day charged the shooting suspect, Calvin Lamar White, 30, of Annapolis, with attempted first- and second-degree murder, and other charges.
The driver of the van, Danielle Nicole Blake, 29, of Severn, was charged with conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree murder, and other charges.
The shooting led to an outpouring of support for Adams, his family and the police department. Adams' wife, Ritu, publicly thanked the community Monday.
As of Thursday afternoon, an online donation page had raised more than $33,000 for Adams and his family.