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02-13-09, 10:01 PM
Officer Shot, Killed In Olney
PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ―A Philadelphia Police Officer has died after being shot in North Philadelphia Friday evening.
The unidentified officer was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center after being shot near the intersection of Broad Street and Olney Avenue. He later succumbed to his injuries.
A suspect was also taken to Albert Einstein.
Early reports indicate that at least one suspect opened fire on the two arriving officers, striking one officer. The second officer returned fire, striking one suspect.
Stay with CBS3.com and CBS3 Eyewitness New for more information as it becomes available.
02-14-09, 11:17 AM
RIP and thoughts to his family and friends
RIP. Condolences to the family, friends, and department.
On a similar topic, god bless all our brothers and sisters in Philadelphia.
I'd like to see an article or hear news that starts with "Philadelphia Police" and finish with good news....
Lately, it just seems so much horrible news is coming from the Philadelphia area.
Stay safe everyone.
That link should work, video:
02-14-09, 02:00 PM
So that We may guard the City Of God as we guarded the city of man.
02-14-09, 02:53 PM
RIP:( My thoughts and prayers sent.
02-14-09, 04:23 PM
R.I.P. Officer Pawlowski
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia mourns the sixth on-duty officer killed in the line of duty since October 2007. Officer John Pawlowski was apparently executed by man with a .357 Magnum in the city's Logan section on Friday night.
25-year-old Officer John Pawlowski, a 5 1/2 year veteran on the force, was responding to a fight near Broad Street and Olney Avenue in the city's Logan section at about 8:20 p.m. when he was shot, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. The 35th District police officer was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Pawlowski is the city's sixth active duty officer to be killed in the line of duty in the last two years and the first killed in 2009.
"It's absolutely devastating to all of us," Ramsey said. "I've been in policing for 40 years and have never seen anything like this before."
An irate Mayor Michael Nutter called for measures to let the city curb violent crime against officers.
"How many more times will this happen, before we get weapons off the street, individuals off the street," Nutter said. "How many more times until people do what is right."
Nutter has frequently battled with state officials over Philadelphia's right to control guns in the city.
The fight began with an argument between two men, Ramsey said. One said he was going to call the police, and the other responded, "If you call the police, I'll shoot you and the police," Ramsey said.
When officers responded, the gunman shot Pawlowski multiple times, the commissioner said.
Police returned fire, wounding the gunman, identified as Rasheed Shrugs. Shrugs was in surgery and listed in critical condition late Friday, Ramsey said.
Police recovered a .357 Magnum from the scene.
Fox 29 News has learned Shrugs has nine prior arrests and was out on parole.
"We are very angry about this. We're very upset and we're in a lot of pain," said Mayor Michael Nutter. "It is beyond words to try to explain what it is like when these incidents take place. To be in a room where a wife, siblings, parents cry out in pain, asking the question, 'How many more times? How many more times will this happen before we see action.'"
"The city will not rest until we're able to take the necessary action to protect our police officers, to protect our citizens," continued Mayor Nutter.
Officer Pawlowski leaves behind a wife who is two-months-pregnant.
Officials said Pawlowski's brother was an officer who worked in the police dispatch radio room, and his father is a retired officer.
Officer Pawlowski was the subject of a Fox 29 News story last June when he was hailed as a hero for arresting an armed passenger on a SEPTA bus.
Four Philadelphia police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2008. In May, 39-year-old Stephen Liczbinski was fatally shot responding to a bank robbery. In September, 40-year-old Isabel Nazario was killed during a vehicle pursuit when the patrol car she was riding in got broadsided by a teenager driving a stolen SUV. Also in September, 30-year-old Patrick McDonald was fatally shot by a fugitive he had chased down after a traffic stop. And in November, Tim Simpson died in the line of duty.
In October 2007, 54-year-old Officer Chuck Cassidy was fatally shot when he interrupted a robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts.
In 2006, Officer Gary Skerski became the first officer killed in the line of duty in Philadelphia in a decade.
Pawlowski and Cassidy both worked out of the city's 35th District.
02-14-09, 07:46 PM
Thoughts and prayers go to the family and co-workers. :(
02-21-09, 06:48 PM
Thoughts and Prayers sent..
R.I.P. Officer Pawlowski :(