Philadelphia, PA – An off-duty Philadelphia correctional officer was shot twice on Tuesday night as he was getting into his vehicle in his Germantown neighborhood to go to work.
The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) said the 43-year-old correctional officer was walking to his car in the 300-block of Earlham Street just before 10 p.m. on June 14 when he was approached by four suspects who attempted to carjack him, WCAU reported.
Officials said that at least one of the would-be carjackers had a gun and pointed it at the correctional officer.
The correctional officer drew his weapon and a gunfight ensued, WCAU reported.
Police said that during the gun battle, the correctional officer’s gun was struck by a bullet from one of the armed robber’s guns.
The damage to the correctional officer’s weapon disabled it and he could no longer defend himself.
Officials said the correctional officer was shot in the head and shoulder, WCAU reported.
Police said at least six shots were fired during the exchange.
The correctional officer told responding officers that the robbers fled on foot west on Earlham Street toward Morris Street.
Philadelphia police said that correctional officer’s car, as well as another vehicle parked nearby it, were both struck by gunfire, WCAU reported.
The wounded correctional officer was still conscious and able to walk and talk when officers arrived on the scene.
He was transported by ambulance to Temple University in critical-but-stable condition, according to WCAU.
Officers were able to get private security videos from nearby homes that captured footage of the attempted carjacking.
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