COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The father of one of the El Paso County deputies injured in Monday's shooting spoke about the importance of law enforcement in his family's history.
Robert Stone's son is Scott Stone, who remained hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
"I was at the gym when I heard about (the shooting) from the sheriff and my family," Robert Stone said. "I got to the hospital around 5 p.m. and got to see my son around 8 p.m. He was barely conscious."
Stone confirmed what was revealed Tuesday by Sheriff Bill Elder -- that Scott Stone was shot in the abdomen but the wound isn't considered life-threatening.
"He's in pain," Robert Stone said of his son. "He's tired, but he's alive. So we're thankful for that. It's going to take time but he'll get better."
Scott Stone is a third-generation law enforcement officer. His sister also works for the Sheriff's Office, his father retired after working there for 27 years and his grandfather was a New Orleans police officer who died in a 1968 motorcycle crash.
"I was 7 years old when that happened," Robert Stone said. "So I know what Deputy Micah Flick's family is going through. I knew Micah because he worked under me at the Sheriff's Office."
That strong public service tradition, Stone said, is helping his family remain emotionally strong.
"I just wish people were more willing to talk out problems instead of address them with violence," he said. "I've been shot at before. It happens. But the officers and deputies didn't go into that situation expecting violence. If the suspect had just given up, none of this would have happened."
The others injured in the shooting -- Deputy Sgt. Jake Abenshand and Colorado Springs police Officer Marcus Yanez -- have been released from the hospital.
A civilian, Thomas Villanueva, also was injured but no word on his condition was available Tuesday.
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Elder said.
Scott Stone is married and has a two-year-old son.