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POLICE UNDER FIRE: Cops Ambushed in Philly, Officers Shot and Wounded in Fort Worth; Philly Suspect Left Anti-Police Note

Police officers in Philadelphia, PA and Fort Worth, TX were shot and wounded in unrelated shootings on Friday; however, evidence suggests that the officers in Philadelphia were targeted.

The incident in Fort Worth occurred at around 8:30 pm after officers responded to a call of a suicidal man. When they arrived they located an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound and were directed to a potential witness in a backyard shed.

As the officers approached the shed they were fired upon. Both officers, identified as Officers Xavier Serrano and Ray Azucena, were struck by gunfire multiple times.

Officer Serrano was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The officers managed to return fire against the suspect.

Both officers are expected to survive their injuries.

SWAT officers ultimately responded to the scene and surrounded the shed. When they located the suspect inside the shed he was found deceased. It is unclear if he died as a result of return gunfire from police or if he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Later on Friday night, a man went on an apparent rampage fueled at least in part by a hatred of law enforcement.

Police say that Philadelphia Police Sergeant Sylvia Young, 46, was ambushed and fired upon as she sat in her patrol vehicle at around 11:20 pm. Sgt. Young suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect then fled the scene and fired randomly at people inside of a bar as well as in a parked car. One of the injured civilians, a woman, was killed as a result of the gunfire.

The suspect was ultimately cornered by police and officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire. University of Pennsylvania Police Officer Eddie Miller, 56, was struck by gunfire and injured.

The suspect was killed.

Both officers in the Philadelphia shooting were transported to a local hospital and are said to be recovering.

Police later disclosed that they located a note by the Philadelphia suspect that indicated a hatred toward law enforcement.

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Fort Worth, Texas Cops Pull Robbery Suspect From Burning Vehicle

A number of Fort Worth, TX police officers are being hailed as heroes after risking their lives to save an unconscious man from a burning car. 

While that may not sound surprising to those who understand the risks that most police officers assume every day they go to work, the incident in Fort Worth had an added element of surprise: the man officers saved was a potentially armed robbery suspect who had just led them on a car chase.

The incident unfolded a few weeks back after officers spotted a vehicle associated to an armed robbery. After trying to stop the vehicle, it led officers on a brief chase before crashing.

Two of the occupants fled and were apprehended; however, one of the suspects was left unconscious in the vehicle. 

Then the suspect car burst into flames.

Not knowing if the remaining suspect was armed, the officers nonetheless jumped into action and pulled the suspect out of the burning vehicle. 

"When the officers pull him from the vehicle, you can see one of the corporals ask him if he's okay. He's unconscious," said Sgt. Marc Povero.

Turns out, weapons were located in the vehicle after all. 

The suspect pulled from the vehicle was treated and booked into custody. All three men are now facing robbery charges.

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Fort Worth Officer Critically Injured in March Shooting Set to Go Home on Tuesday

Officer Matt Pearce;  Photo: Fort Worth Police Dept.

Officer Matt Pearce; Photo: Fort Worth Police Dept.

Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce, shot five times by a wanted felon on March 15, is set to leave the hospital and return home on Tuesday.

Tuesday's release from the hospital is the culmination of 7 weeks of rehabilitation.

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A statement by police officials remarked that Officer Pearce's fellow officers would be at the hospital lined up to support him as he left the hospital. The statement further read, "The Pearce family welcomes those who want to attend and show their support for Matt and wish him well in his recovery."

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Fort Worth Officer Improving Despite Medical Setbacks

Officer Matt Pearce;  Photo: Ft. Worth Police Dept.

Officer Matt Pearce; Photo: Ft. Worth Police Dept.

Fort Worth Police Officer Matt Pearce, critically injured last week in a fatal shootout with a wanted man, is improving despite a significant medical setback just days ago.

Officer Pearce was shot seven times as he was attempting to take Ed McIver, Sr. into custody. McIver, Sr. was fatally shot in the exchange of gunfire and his son, Ed McIver, Jr. was taken into custody as well.

According to Pearce's wife, the injured officer suffered a medical setback a few days ago when an intestinal incision tore open. Officer Pearce is also now on antibiotics for a potential bout of pneumonia.

Several North Texas Chik-fil-a restaurants are holding fundraisers for Officer Pearce today between 5-9 p.m. 20 percent of sales will be donated to Pearce and his family and the restaurants will also be selling t-shirts.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family with expenses. To date, over $81,000 has been raised.

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