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Soldier injured in 2014 ambush shooting has leg amputated

This photo by Earl Granville, Alex Douglass gives a thumbs up after his surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, on Dec. 12, 2018 in New York. The Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in 2014 in an ambush and had his right leg amputated below the knee. (Earl Granville via AP)

Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in 2014 in an ambush and had his right leg amputated below the knee.

Trooper Alex Douglass underwent surgery this week on a New York City hospital.

His friend Earl Granville said Friday that Douglass had with a number of medical complications with his leg and decided to have it amputated to improve his quality of life.

“As an athlete, it will be better for him in the long term,” Granville said. “This gives him a chance to do what he loves again.”

Granville is a veteran who lost his leg in 2008, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. A knowledge connected the two at Douglass interest in doing a marathon, knowing Granville had completed several since injured. The two, both of Scranton, completed the New York City Marathon handcycle event in 2015, ” he said.

Douglass has run marathons in the past, and Granville, said that he knows that his friend would like to do this again and should be able to with a prosthesis.

Douglass is in great spirits, ” he said.

“His attitude is phenomenal. It is something we could all admire,” Granville said.

Douglass was wounded when Eric Frein opened fire on the Blooming Grove state police barracks in northeast Pennsylvania in September 2014. Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, a married father of two, was killed.

Frein then led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the rugged Pocono Mountains before U.s. marshals caught him in an abandoned airplane hangar. He was convicted in 2017, and died in a row for the slaughter.

He is seeking a new trial.

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This story is corrected to show Douglass did the New York City Marathon handcycle event in 2015, not in the last month.

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