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Bullet Found Lodged In Philly Cop’s Hat After Gunman Opens Fire On Police At Independence Day Celebration

By Holly Matkin and Christopher Berg

Philadelphia, PA – The bullet that grazed the head of one of two Philadelphia-area law enforcement officers who were shot while working at a massive Fourth of July event on Monday night was found lodged in the officer’s hat after the attack.

As many as 100,000 people had gathered to celebrate Independence Day with a concert and fireworks along the Ben Franklin Parkway when the shooting occurred near the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street at around 9:45 p.m., according to KYW.

Police said the attack occurred behind the Ferris wheel just at the Independence Day fireworks display began, WTXF reported.

The gunshots caused a stampede of people to flee from the area.

A 44-year-old Montgomery County Bomb Squad officer was shot in the shoulder and a 36-year-old Philadelphia police officer assigned to highway patrol suffered a graze wound to the head, according to WTXF.

Both were rushed to Jefferson University Hospital for treatment and were released to continue their recoveries at home just hours later, FOX News reported.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby released stunning photos of the wounded Philadelphia police officer’s bloodied hat on Monday night, which showed the bullet that grazed his head lodged in the hatband.

“It is miraculous the fact that the round stopped in his hat,” Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said, according to FOX News. “I think initially it went up the inside and hit his forehead and then the round stopped in his hat.”

The photo shared by McNesby also showed a blood-smeared funeral mass card for longtime PPD Chaplain Steven Wetzel, who passed away in April.

The union president said the wounded officer was extremely “lucky” that he didn’t lose his life, WTXF reported.

“It’s unbelievable,” McNesby said.

Police did not receive reports of anyone else being injured in the attack, according to WTXF.

The identity of the shooter was not immediately known, nor was the motive.

Police are investigating various tips and urged anyone with any information about the incident to contact the PPD, WTXF reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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