Officer Isabella Lovadina.
By Casey Nolen
KSDK -- For the first time, St. Louis police Officer Isabella Lovadina is talking about the night she and a friend were shot, and another young woman was killed in a home invasion on October 5, 2009.
Lovadina showed up at a fundraiser in her honor Monday night in South St. Louis, surprising those who know her with just how fast she is recovering. Fellow police officers, friends and strangers all turned out to raise money and encourage Lovadina.
She has been unable to work since the October attack.
Lovadina, 27, was off-duty when police say two armed men forced their way into her friend's home just south of downtown and tried to force everyone in the house in to the basement at gunpoint.
"I figured if somebody is going to kill me, then I'm going to fight you," said Lovadina, who has trained in kickboxing.
Lovadina's friend, 34-year-old Gina Stallis, died in the attack.
"And to me that's the hardest part," Lovadina said.
Police believe Lovadina's actions likely saved the lives of others.
"Everybody in that house that night was a hero," Lovadina said. "Everybody was really strong that night."
Officer Lovadina, a two-year veteran of the force, does plan to try and go back to work as a police officer as soon as she cleared by the doctors. However, she said her return will take more than just physical healing.
Monday night's fundraiser brought in upwards of $5,000.