Published: Nov 08, 2010 4:38 PM EST
Updated: Nov 08, 2010 1:39 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An Orange County deputy recovering from a near-fatal stabbing is thanking the community for its support.

The sheriff's office released a video late Saturday showing a bandaged Deputy Stephen Cook talking from his hospital room. Cook says the outpouring of support for him and his family has been "unbelieveable."

The 27-year veteran was stabbed Friday while investigating a report of a 7-Eleven employee stealing from the store. Authorities say the employee attacked Cook with a "cutting instrument." Cook then fatally shot the employee, identified as 25-year-old Gibran Flores-Remigio.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.