PHILADELPHIA, Pa (WPHL)– The Philadelphia Police Department is mourning the loss of an officer and praying for the recovery of another after suspects attempting to carjack a vehicle began shooting at police on the premises of Philadelphia International Airport.
Police say while responding to several suspects attempting to break into cars. The shooting took place in the terminal D parking garage. One officer was shot in the upper body area. The officer was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The other officer was shot in the arm and was also taken to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. There have been no arrests made, but the investigation is active and ongoing.
In a police conference, interim Police Commissioner John Stanford said the shooting occurred at 11 p.m. when the two officers arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport, parked in the garage, and saw several people attempting to break into a vehicle inside the Terminal D garage.
As the officers confronted the suspects, “the suspects opened fire,” and hit one of the officers several times in the upper body and arm, said Stanford.
Both officers were taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, where the officer died at 11:30 p.m.
The officer’s name has not been released but police say he was a 22-year veteran on the force.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the suspects fled in a stolen Dodge Durango.
Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal D was temporarily closed for the investigation but later reopened.
“A numb, numb moment for us, to again encounter something like this,” he said. “We just had three officers shot last week. And then this tonight, so you can imagine what we feel. We can imagine what this department is going through. And quite frankly, how the city should be feeling.”, said Stanford.
DA Larry Krasner issued a statement saying, ” “A Philadelphia Police officer’s life ended violently last night, while another officer is recovering from gunshot wounds sustained in an airport parking area where the officers interrupted the shooters, who were engaged in other crimes involving cars. Police go to work every day knowing they could at any moment encounter someone who has no business holding a gun, has a gun anyway, and is willing to fire upon others for no reason at all. Last week, three Philadelphia Police officers were shot responding to two domestic shootings — among the most volatile and dangerous situations for officers to walk into. We are thankful that they are recovering, and that the second officer shot last night is expected to survive. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the officer who was killed last night, and are in close contact with investigators seeking to apprehend the individuals responsible, so they can be held accountable.”
A police motorcade carried the fallen officer to Northeast Philadelphia at around 6 a.m.
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and Delco FOP Lodge 27 are offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Throughout the afternoon of Friday, October 13, I-95 has been shut down in both directions near the Academy Road exit as the investigation continues. It is not currently known what was spotted in that area and why the road was closed.