He 'Tried to Execute' Him: Philly Police Officer Survives Ambush
UPDATE: The man suspected of ambushing a Philadelphia police officer in his patrol car used a stolen police firearm and acted “in the name of Islam,” authorities said this afternoon. More details, here.
A Philadelphia police officer was shot at more than a dozen times as he cruised up the street in his patrol car, reports say.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that a man late on Thursday ambushed the officer and fired his gun 13 times at him and his car.
"This is absolutely one of the scariest things I've ever seen," Ross said at a news conference.
"This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming."
Incredibly, however, the five-year veteran officer managed to fire back. He struck his assailant at least three times, said Ross.
Fox 29’s Steve Keeley later reported that the officer was shot so badly in the left arm that he he was left with “severe nerve damage.”
“So he was shooting with one arm or this very damaged left arm, after he somehow crawled out of the passenger side of the car,” he reported.
The suspect ran away, but was quickly caught and arrested.
As of Friday morning, the courageous officer was undergoing surgery. He is now expected to survive.
“I don’t know how this officer survived,” said Commissioner Ross.
“Fortunately, he responded very quickly, and it’s because of his quick actions that he saved his life.”