According to police, Officer Pawlowski and his partner were responding to a report of a man with a gun and a disturbance at about 8:20 p.m.
According to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the suspect approached another male and asked him "how much money he had." The man told the suspect he was going to call the police at which point the suspect replied, "If you call the police, I'll shoot you and the police."
Upon arrival, the suspect opened fire through his coat, striking Officer Pawlowski in the chest. Multiple shots were fired at Officer Pawlowski and one bullet was able to penetrate through his bulletproof vest.
The second officer returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was also taken to Albert Einstein in critical condition.
Ramsey said investigators recovered a .357 magnum at the scene.
Officer John Pawlowski, 25, was a 5-year veteran of the force and an officer at the 35th District. He was married and his wife was expecting a child.
Mayor Michael Nutter released a statement that read in part:
"My thoughts and prayers are with Officer John Pawlowski's family – his wife Kim and their unborn child; his three brothers Bob, Chris, and Vince; his sister Lauren; and his father John. Let them and the Philadelphia Police Department know that they have the support of the entire City of Philadelphia in this unimaginably difficult time."
The shooting occurred only minutes away from where fellow 35th District Police Officer Charles "Chuck" Cassidy was shot on October 31, 2007 during a robbery. Officer Cassidy passed away on November 1, 2007.
*Friday's fatal shooting is the 7th officer killed in the line of duty since May 2006*
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