Sgt. Sylvia Young was welcomed by a line of dozens of uniformed police officers saluting her as she left Penn Presbyterian Hospital, her arm in a sling, and went to a vehicle that was then escorted by motorcycle officers.
Authorities said 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn ambushed the 19-year veteran as she sat in her patrol car in west Philadelphia on Friday night, wounding her in the left shoulder, arm and torso.
Glenn then fired into a bar and into a car, killing 25-year-old Sara Salih, who was hit seven times, and wounded 56-year-old University of Pennsylvania police officer Ed Miller before he was shot and killed by other officers in an alley, police said.
"She is a heckuva supervisor and police officer, and those who know her love her, as you can see. We're just thankful that she's still here," said Comm. Richard Ross.
Outside the hospital, we also spoke with Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was ambushed in much the same way this past January.
Hartnett stopped by to honor his colleague, while expressing his outrage over recent violence against police officers across the country.
"It's a shame about something like this, that we're even seeing it happen. It seems to be every day you turn the TV on and it's something different," he said.
Meanwhile, no timetable has been set for Sylvia Young's return to the job.
Commissioner Ross says she will come back when she is physically, and mentally, ready to do so.
"She has got a road ahead of her, but I know she wants to come back, which is the biggest thing. And that's a testament to her resolve," said Ross.
Miller, released Sunday after treatment for gunshot wounds to his hip and ankle, told reporters at the Fraternal Order of Police's Monday Night Football party that he was fine and was primarily concerned about the other victims.
"I guess I'm lucky. All I can think about is I'm very lucky," he said.
Investigators said Glenn left a "rambling" note that expressed hatred for law enforcement and a probation officer. He fired at least 51 shots during the rampage and was armed with more ammunition, authorities said.