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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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Woman Donates $22K to Outfit All Philadelphia Police K9s With Protective Vests

Photo: via projectpaswalive.org

Photo: via projectpaswalive.org

A Philadelphia woman has donated $22,000 to help outfit each of the Philadelphia Police Department's 23 patrol-ready K9s with protective vests.

Philanthropist Joanne Berwind made the donation after hearing about a fallen police K9 in Virginia. After hearing the story she decided that she had to do something to help the K9's in Philadelphia.

The vests cost around $900 each and Philly's K9 cops should have their new vests ready to go for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, an event sure to bring high numbers of protesters and the potential for violence.

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Ambushed Philly Officer Receives "Man of the Year" Award

Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett received the "Man of the Year" award at the National Police Defense Foundation Awards Dinner on Wednesday. 

The ceremony honored Officer Hartnett for his heroism in a January 7 ambush where he was attacked and shot multiple times by an Islamist inspired man. 

Officer Hartnett, though severely injured, was able to return fire and chase the suspect, who was subsequently arrested a short time later. 

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Philly Cop Returns to Work 3 Years After Being Shot on Duty

Officer Ed Davies and son;  Photo: via twitter @PPDMichaelCram

Officer Ed Davies and son; Photo: via twitter @PPDMichaelCram

A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded in the line of duty three years ago made it back to work this week, marking a 993 day-long recovery.

Officer Ed Davies was shot by Eric Torres during a violent struggle in Philadelphia's 25th police district in August, 2013.

As a result of his injuries, Officer Davies lost a kidney and suffered a number of other physical maladies.

Torress would subsequently be convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Officer Davies posed with his son prior to returning to his job, holding a sign that read, "993 Days Later...First Day Back to Work." 

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Suspect Accused of Shooting Philly Cop Had Just Been Released From Jail on Different Gun Charge a Week Earlier

Suspects Scott Griffin (l), and Samir Coyett (c), Officer James McCullough (r); Photo:  Philly Police Dept.

Suspects Scott Griffin (l), and Samir Coyett (c), Officer James McCullough (r); Photo: Philly Police Dept.

A suspect accused of shooting a Philadelphia police officer on Sunday evening had just been released from jail on a different gun possession charge just a week earlier, authorities revealed.

Scott Griffin, 23, was apprehended after police say he shot Philadelphia police officer James McCullough, 24, as the officer was attempting to arrest him following a carjacking.

A second suspect, Samir Coyett, 20, was also arrested following the carjacking. 

Griffin has a lengthy rap sheet, with 14 prior arrests noted. He also has two outstanding cases related to drug and gun charges, per police.

Griffin was apparently released from jail just a week prior to the shooting on a case where he was allegedly arrested in possession of a gun while in a stolen vehicle.

In that case, the gun charges were dropped because witnesses failed to appear for the preliminary hearing, according to his defense attorney.

Officer McCullough was forced to apply a tourniquet to his own injury following the shooting, as he was left bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is recovering.

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BREAKING: Philadelphia Police Officer Shot While Trying to Apprehend Suspect

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A Philadelphia police officer is recovering at a local hospital after being shot in the leg while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect on Sunday night. 

Officer James McCullough, 24, and his partner were flagged down by an individual who told the officers that her vehicle was being broken into.

When the officers confronted the suspects a foot pursuit ensued. As Officer McCullough tackled one of the suspects he was shot in the leg. 

The two suspects fled on foot but were apprehended a short time later and taken into custody. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross noted that officer McCullough had to apply a tourniquet to his own leg because of how badly he was bleeding. 

Officer McCullough's partner drove him to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition. 

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Philadelphia Police Suffer From Lowest Staffing in 22 Years

Like many other cities around the nation, Philadelphia is experiencing a decline in officer staffing numbers unlike anything seen in two decades.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the City Council on Wednesday, "We need to get boots on the ground more so than any crime strategy."

The Philadelphia police department currently has approximately 6,100 officers but full-staffing should put that number at 6,525.

The lack of human resources has led the department to consider amending some of it's requirements, such as raising the minimum age to 22 from 19 and removing the necessary college credits, in order to attract more applicants.

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Philly Officer Ambushed by ISIS Inspired Radical Throws Out First Pitch...Then Proposes to Girlfriend

Photo: @Phillies via Twitter

Photo: @Phillies via Twitter

The Philadelphia police officer who survived a January ambush by an ISIS-inspired radical experienced a memorable moment on Monday afternoon: he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies game and proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancée).

Officer Jesse Hartnett, 34, was shot multiple times by Edward Archer, 30, as the officer sat in his patrol car on January 7 in West Philadelphia.

Archer stated that he committed the crime on behalf of ISIS, the Islamist radical terror organization. 

 

 

 

Check out the inspiring video below:

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Philadelphia Police Offer Kanye West a Tip to Get Out of Debt: Become a Cop!

Photo: Twitter/@PhillyPolice

Photo: Twitter/@PhillyPolice

A tongue-in-cheek Twitter post from the Philadelphia police department offered Kanye West an idea on how to get himself out of debt: join the PD!

Recently, West declared on Twitter that he was $53 million in debt and called upon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invest “1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas.”

It is unlikely that Zuckerberg will take West up on that idea but the Philadelphia police department had a more pragmatic suggestion. 

In a tweet issued this morning, Philadelphia police said, “We R hiring,@kanyewest! Starting salary of $47,920; u could be debt-free by the year 3122!

It remains to be seen if West will be attending an upcoming Philadelphia police academy.

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Two Philly Cops Injured in Crash With Alleged DUI Driver

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Two Philadelphia police officers are in stable condition after being injured in a vehicle accident with an alleged DUI driver.

The crash occurred at the intersection of B and East Westmoreland Streets late Wednesday night where the officers’ unmarked vehicle was struck by a car that ran a red light.

Following the crash the driver of the suspect vehicle fled on foot; however, he was caught by other officers in the area.

The injured officers were transported to a local hospital and are listed in stable condition.

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