25-Year-Old Police Officer Shot in Delco

A suspect has been arrested.

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This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Police officer Christopher Dorman, 25, was shot multiple times this morning in Folcroft, a suburb west of Philadelphia near the city’s airport. Police have arrested a suspect, whose name has not been released yet, according to Philly.com.

Dorman was responding to reports of people smoking narcotics around 9:45 a.m. when he was shot, police said. A search was conducted in the area, which shut down the Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Line. The apartment complex where the shooting took place is near the Folcroft Station on the 1500 block of Elmwood Street.

Police took additional people into custody, although it is not known whether they’ve been charged or what their relationship to the alleged shooter is.

The Folcroft Borough officer was transported from Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital to Penn Presbyterian Hospital’s trauma center in West Philly. He is in critical condition, according to news reports.

A SWAT team evacuated the apartment complex during the manhunt.

“This incident is yet another tragic example of the troubling pattern of attacks our law enforcement officers have faced. So far this year, at least 83 law enforcement officers have been shot or killed in the line of duty,” said Pennsylvania Sen. Pat  Toomey in a statement. “Kris and I are praying for his recovery.”

The young officer began working at the Folcroft Borough Police Department just over a year ago, according to Toomey.