Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Sullivan is showing substantial signs of improvement and may be headed to rehab, his family says.

Sullivan’s brother Eric Parker on Monday posted an update to the Facebook group Praying for Brad Sullivan that said: 

“Bradley has made good progress the last two days. He is completely off the vent but still taking oxygen thru the trach. We will continue to pray that he makes progress towards getting rid of the trach completely, but will not know that for a little while. He has made enough progress that the doctors want to get him to therapy as soon as possible and if things go well the next couple of days we will be in line for a bed at a physical therapy rehab facility.”

“He is alert and responsive, more so than ever. We still don’t know what limitations he may have and will know more as we are able to transfer to the rehab facility.

“We, again, cannot thank each of you enough for all your prayers, Please continue to pray as we move to the next phase of his recovery.”

Sullivan was shot the morning of Sept. 5 following a high-speed chase involving a kidnapping suspect. The suspect fired 89 rounds at officers before he was hit by return fire and ultimately taken into custody. Sullivan was hit twice in the head.

He continues to recover at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as support continues to pour in from all over the country, including boy band member Lance Bass of N’Sync, WWE wrestling superstar Dustin Rhodes and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

Numerous fundraisers have been held along with blood drives. Other fundraisers are planned.

Last month, U.S. Rep. Michael Guest used his time during general speeches on the House floor to highlight the incident and ask for prayers. 

Upcoming events include a Back the Blue event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Town of Livingston that includes a raffle.

A chicken plate fundraiser is set from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Vertical Church in Madison.