‘It’s amazing he’s alive’: Philadelphia police officer shot in car

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 08, 2016

A Philadelphia police officer is recovering after being shot three times while he was in his patrol car in west Philadelphia on Thursday night, CNN affiliate KYW reported.

The officer was sitting in his car near an intersection when someone fired 13 shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle about 11:30 p.m., KYW reported, citing police.

“Shots fired! … I’m bleeding heavily!” the officer shouts in a recording of his radio call for backup. “I’m bleeding. Get us another unit out here!”

The officer returned fire, striking the alleged shooter, KYW reported. A suspect eventually was arrested and taken to a hospital, according to KYW.

The officer also was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for a broken arm, KYW reported.

Information about the suspect’s condition wasn’t immediately available.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters that he saw video of the incident and that it was “absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.”

Information on where the video came from wasn’t immediately available.

“This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming,” Ross said. “It’s amazing he’s alive.”

Ross said it appears the officer suffered significant nerve damage.

“Fortunately, he’s awake. He was coherent. He’s OK,” Ross said.