Philadelphia police officer released from hospital after being shot while responding to robbery call

A Philadelphia police officer who was shot in the shoulder by a robbery suspect who later shot himself in the head when running from police was released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

The officer had responded to a report of an armed robbery on Tuesday night and was interviewing the victim when the suspect was spotted, police said. The officer approached the suspect, who shot the officer twice in the shoulder, police said.

The suspect then shot a resident.

"While the officers were closing in on the suspect, the suspect shot himself in the head," Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

A police vehicle crashed while transporting the suspect to a hospital, injuring two officers, police said.

The officers are in stable condition along with the resident who was shot, police said. Authorities said the suspect was in critical condition.

The police commissioner said she was disgusted and called the situation "unimaginable."

The officer was released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

"This incident highlight not only the dangers that officers face on the streets every day but the restraint that the officers showed when facing dangerous individuals and their dedication to the preservation of life, these officers did not fire their weapons," Deputy Commissioner Joel Dales said.




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