PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF) – Philadelphia Police are investigating an assault inside Penn Presbyterian Medical Center involving an officer on duty.
The incident happened Saturday night at around 10:42PM when an 18th District officer was working a detail for Officer Jesse Hartnett who was wounded in the line of duty on Thursday, January 7 at the Penn Presbyterian Mediacal Center located at 51 N Powelton Avenue.
Prior to entering the PPMC for the detail, the officer was approached by an unknown black male. The male stated, “I’m hungry. I haven’t eaten in five days. Do you have any money to spare?” The officer then handed the male a five dollar bill and then entered PPMC.
After some time, the officer returned to the entrance of the emergency room and as he stood near the exit doors his back was turned, it was at that time that the male attempted to grab the officers handgun from the holster.
As soon as the officer felt the male’s hand on his gun the officer spun around preventing the male from getting the gun out of the holster.
After a brief struggle, the officer was able to subdue the male with the assistance Penn Security team and other officers.
After being placed in custody, the male indicated that he wanted the gun to conduct a robbery of a store. The officer was not injured and the male sustained a minor facial injury.
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Police describe the offender as a 40-year old Black man. Philadelphia Police are currently say his mugshot and identity is currently being processed.
This incident was not related to the recent shooting of Officer Hartnett in any way.
However this is an example of the type of individuals that our officers face daily when performing their duties as Philadelphia Police Officers.