Recovering Tulsa police officer returns home after months of treatment

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa police officer shot while on duty returned home Thursday after months of treatment.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan flew in on a private plane to Tulsa International Airport to family and friends.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum proclaimed Oct. 15, as “Officer Aurash Zarkeshan Day” in the city.

“When I visited Officer Zarkeshan at his rehab facility last month, he told me one thing motivated so much of the hard work he’s put in during his recovery: he wanted to get home to Tulsa,” Bynum said. “I am excited for that to happen and will be there to greet him as soon as he steps off the plane. He is a remarkable man, and it will be good for all of us to have Tulsa’s Hope back at home.”

Zarkeshan has been staying at an out-of-state rehabilitation facility since getting shot during a traffic stop on June 29. The same shooting killed Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson.

The Tulsa Police Department has sent updates throughout their officer’s recovery as he’s worked to regain his strength. The details of Zarkeshan’s injury and rehabilitation process have not been made public.