Police Officer Shot in West Philadelphia

Hit in the arm, he's reportedly in stable condition.

Daniel Kostick, an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, was shot in the arm Thursday in West Philly while investigating a possible narcotics violation.

The incident took place after 10 p.m., near 51st and Master streets.

CBS Philly:

Police say Officer Daniel Kostick was assigned to bike patrol and was with his partners in the area of Wilton and Girard when they went to investigate a male inside a van for possible narcotics violations.

Police say when they approached, the van backed up and made a U-turn.

According to police, Officer Kostick found the male at 51st and Master Streets. “At that time they’re having a brief discussion, Kostick is still on his bike, the male turns to him and says, and I quote ‘I don’t want to have to do this,’ but then he fires at Officer Kostick, striking him in his right arm,” said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross.

NBC 10:

Ross said Kostick, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 19th District was in “good spirits.”

“He’s very lucky given the circumstances,” said Ross.

Police later found the suspect in an alley behind the 5000 block of Master Street. Police also took a second person into custody along the 4900 block of W Stile Street, said sources with knowledge of the investigation.

6ABC adds: “One suspect was also shot. That person was apprehended and taken to Hahnemann Hospital.”

Kostick is reportedly a married father of two.