Ridgway Record

Police officer shot twice during vehicle investigat­ion


PHILADELPH­IA (AP) — A Philadelph­ia police officer was shot and critically wounded during a vehicle investigat­ion, and two suspects were being sought, authoritie­s said Wednesday.

Officials said the officer was shot at least twice shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in west Philadelph­ia and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

First Deputy Commission­er John Stanford said one officer had approached the passenger side of the vehicle and a struggle ensued with a passenger who opened fire, hitting the officer in the abdomen just under his vest.

Police said another officer returned fire and both suspects fled. The other officer transporte­d his partner to Penn Presbyteri­an Medical Center.

Stanford said one bullet appeared to have gone in and exited, and medical personnel were trying to determine what kind of damage may have been done by the second bullet.

Stanford said the 32-year-old officer has been on the force for five years. Police said no descriptio­n of the suspects was immediatel­y available but officials were checking bodyworn camera video. Officials believed they had located the vehicle involved but were working to confirm that.

Stanford asked anyone with informatio­n to call investigat­ors, saying "The fact that you would shoot at a police officer that's doing their jobs, you have no regard for life," he said. "We're trying to get these people in custody as quickly as possible."

Mayor Jim Kenney called policing "a very dangerous and difficult job done by very brave people."

"They go out every day to try to keep us safe, and put their lives in harm's way and their health in harm's way, and we can't really repay them for doing that kind of work," Kenney said.

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