STAMFORD - The Stamford police officer who was shot in the face while serving a drug warrant tells News 12 Connecticut that the shooting has changed his outlook on life. Officer Richard Gasparino says he was serving the warrant when a suspect shot at him through the front of a house on Lockwood Avenue. He says when he realized he was shot, he thought the wound could be fatal.

He says he considers himself a very lucky person and that this will be a very special Christmas. He now has more than 100 stitches holding the wound together.

A suspect has been charged in connection with the shooting.

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