A Temple College police officer was fatally shot whereas responding to a criminal offense close to campus Saturday night time, officers stated.
The college’s vp of public security, Jennifer Griffin, stated this was the primary line-of-duty demise within the historical past of the division, based on NBC Philadelphia.
The taking pictures was reported just a few blocks west of the North Philadelphia campus after 7 p.m., based on a Temple College assertion.
The college stated the officer was shot whereas making an attempt to apprehend an individual suspected within the theft of a comfort retailer. The taking pictures occurred a number of blocks from the shop, based on the assertion.
NBC Philadelphia, citing police, reported that the officer was shot when he tried to intervene in a carjacking.
The officer was taken to Temple College Hospital, the place he died, the establishment stated.
The officer’s identification was being withheld “out of respect for the officer’s family and friends,” Temple College President Jason Wingard stated in a statement. He stated the shooter fled the world.
“There are merely no phrases that may make sense of this tragedy,” Wingard stated. “It tears at our sense of group and security.”
Gov. Josh Shapiro tweeted that he and first girl Lori Shapiro have been “devastated” for the household of the officer who was killed whereas “bravely serving his group.”
“Might his reminiscence be a blessing,” Shapiro stated.
Gemma DiCasimirro, Brittany Kubicko and Elizabeth Maline contributed.