Philly Cop is Shot in Traffic Stop; Suspect in Custody

[Update 1:32 pm] Officials have just finished a press conference revealing a few “preliminary” details. As reported, the officer who was shot is a 41-year-old man, a six-year veteran of the force, and married. He has not been named.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said the incident started shortly before noon at Fifth and Allegheny, when a car was pulled over for a busted tail light. The driver fled the scene, and police soon received a report that the individual had fled into a nearby store. Officers followed him in and had a “violent confrontation” that resulted in the officer being shot in the lower abdomen.

“They had a very difficult time containing this man,” Ross said of the 31-year-old suspect, who is in custody. “We’re hopeful the officer will be OK.” The officer was in the operating room at the time of the press conference, Ross said.

Mayor Michael Nutter added: “This incident plays out the day to day danger our police officers face on a daily basis, gun violence, as well as our citizens.”

[Update 1:15 pm] Mayor Nutter has arrived on scene:

As has the injured officer’s wife:

[Update 12:50 pm] Lots of conflicting info as this story develops, but we generally trust Morgan Zalot’s info and sources.

[Update 12: 42 pm] An update:

[Original 12:25 pm]

ABC6 reports:

Philadelphia police say an officer is hospitalized after being shot late Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened in the area of the 400 block of West Annsbury Street in the city’s Hunting Park section.

The officer was rushed to Temple University Hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

His condition is unknown. reports a suspect is in custody.