NORWOOD (WTXF) - A Ridley Park Police officer was shot overnight after responding to a call in Norwood. Investigators say the officer’s bullet proof vest saved his life.
Authorities have identified gunman as Darrel Burt, 36.
The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. Sunday on the 600 block of Mohawk Avenue in Norwood.
Officers were originally called to the scene because they believed a man in an apartment building on the block was suicidal.
When they arrived, they went to the door of the apartment, attempting to get inside.
Police say Burt, then shot through the door, hitting Officer Marc Hanly once in the chest and once in the leg. His vest saved his life.
The officers then fired back through the door, hitting the Burt in the elbow. They then backed away from the door.
A standoff ensued for about an hour, and then eventually the suspect came out on his own.
Both the officer and the suspect were taken to the hospital and have since been released.
Darrel Burt has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possessing instruments of crimes, and attempted criminal homicide. He is currently being held on $500,000 cash bail.