Phila. Police Officer Critical After Shooting
LIVE: Chopper 3 At The Scene
PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ―
A massive manhunt is underway after a Philadelphia Police officer was shot during an apparent robbery in the West Oak Lane section of the city Wednesday. The officer was the third cop shot in four days in the City of Brotherly Love.
Authorities said the officer was wounded near 66th Avenue and Broad Street just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said the officer unknowingly walked into a robbery in progress at Dunkin' Donuts.
The suspect shot the officer in the head, stealing his gun before fleeing the scene. The unidentified officer was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center in critical condition.
Johnson said the officer was admitted to emergency surgery as the bullet passed through his brain.
Chopper 3 was over the scene as dozens of officers searched for the suspect throughout the surrounding area and stormed a home in the 6800 block of N. 19th Street and the 7000 block of N. Broad Street.
According to CBS 3 Investigative Reporter Walt Hunter, the manhunt was the largest in the department's history.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the store which apparently caught the incident on tape.
The suspect is described as a heavyset African American male, approximately 6 ft. tall wearing a dark hoodie, tan khaki pants and has a tattoo of a spider on his left hand.
"He's extremely armed and dangerous and has no regard for human life at all," Johnson said.
Johnson said the wounded officer is married and has three children, one in high school, two in college. Mayor Street has joined family members at the hospital.
Officials said all schools in the Northwest section of the city have been locked down as police search for the suspect.
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