PHILADELPHIA [April 30, 2023]—(CNBNews)—The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating an Officer-Involved shooting that resulted in two officers and a suspect being shot in the city's Germantown neighborhood.
On Saturday, April 29, 2023, at approximately 4:09 PM, police were called to the 400 block of W. Bringhurst Street for a "person with a gun". Upon arrival, police gained entry into the home and announced "police". Shortly thereafter, police heard one shot. The officers exited the house, set up a perimeter, and declared a barricade.
A Hostage Negotiator Detective arrived on location and made contact with another sergeant who was in communication, by phone, with the offender. The detective communicated with the male, by phone and the PA system of the SWAT “Bearcat” vehicle, over the course of the next 9 hours. The male indicated that he would not leave the property throughout the duration of this time.
After losing communication with the offender after several hours, SWAT officers entered the property. As officers entered the 3rd floor, the offender (65/M) fired one time with the shotgun through the bedroom door. Officer #1 (56/M) and Officer #2 (35/M) were both struck in their ballistic vests. A third officer's ballistic shield was struck. Officer #1 and Officer #2 returned fire, striking the offender one time in the right shoulder.
The offender was transported to Einstein Hospital and was placed in critical but stable condition.
Both officers were transported to the hospital as a precaution and were released shortly thereafter. The officers did not sustain any penetrating injuries.
Both officers have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs and Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations.
“Yet again our officers were placed in a harrowing and life-threatening situation,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “I was grateful to express my heartfelt concern and gratitude to our SWAT officers who were injured in the line of duty. Their actions were a testament to their bravery, and we all pray that they are able to quickly recover from this traumatic experience. Although we are fortunate that their physical injuries were not severe, this serves as a stark reminder of the dangers our communities and officers face from armed criminals. Our members will not be intimidated, and we will not back down. Please keep our brave officers and their families uplifted in prayer."