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Philadelphia Police Officer Shot, Killed

By Wyatt Earp | February 14, 2009

<i>Officer John Pawlowski</i>

Officer John Pawlowski

Jesus Christ, not again. And this city wants to lay off police officers.

Officer John Pawlowski is the seventh – SEVENTH! – Philly officer killed in the line of duty in two years. He is also the second officer from my division killed in 16 months.

OLNEY – A 35th District police officer has been killed in the line of duty in Northwest Philadelphia. The officer has been identified as Officer John Pawlowski. It happened at Broad Street and Olney Avenue around 8:20 p.m. Friday.

Fox 29 News is told two hackney cab drivers were involved in an argument when one of the cab drivers said he was going to call police. The other driver allegedly threatened to shoot him and the officers when they arrived.

When Ofc. Pawlowksi arrived at the scene with another partner, he was shot in the chest and rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center. The gunman was also shot by Ofc. Pawlowksi’s partner and another officer. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Officer Pawlowski was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

The suspect is at critical condition at Einstein in police custody.

It is my sincere hope that the suspect dies.

Fox 29 News is told he was newly-married and was expecting his first child.

Officer Pawlowski is the second 35th Police District officer slain in the line of duty since October 2007 and the seventh Philadelphia police officer who has lost their life in the last two years. (H/TFOX29)

Please pray for the officer and his family. I will post information on a memorial fund as soon as I receive it.

UPDATE: I just found out that John is the brother of Bob Pawlowski – a guy I worked with in patrol. We were promoted together. Great guy, great cop.

(JammieWearing Fool has his thoughts here.)

Topics: Pawlowski Murder | 26 Comments »

26 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Officer Shot, Killed”

  1. Easily Lost Says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    What the he11 is going on in that city, dayem.
    I am so sorry to hear they’ve lost another officer. The family will be in my prayers.

  2. Bitter American Says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Prayers through the tears, Wyatt! For once I agree with Commissioner Ramsey – he described the suspect as “just a thug.”

    ‘Nuff said!

  3. RT Says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Senseless and evil.

  4. Six officers « RT’s Ponderings Says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    [...] his new wife were expecting a child.  Please pray for their family, friends, colleagues, and for Wyatt.  This is his district,  again.  It just isn’t right or fair.  It is nothing short of [...]

  5. Morgan Says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Fox 29 News is told he was newly-married and was expecting his first child.

    That son of a bitch driver.

  6. Diller Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Very sad,Wyatt. My condolences to officer Pawloski’s family,and all his fellow officer’s. The good die young,but the sons-a-bitches seem to live forever.

  7. Ky Person Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Prayers for Office Pawlowski and all the men and women in blue. I am usually a kind and forgiving soul, but I want that thug to assume room temperature immediatly if not sooner.

  8. USA_Admiral Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 6:33 am

    My Thoughts and Prayers are with Officer Pawlowski’s family and the PPD for having to say farewell far too soon.

  9. Lillian Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Wyatt. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Pawlowski and the entire PPD.

    I just can’t believe this has happened again. It’s got to stop.

    February 14th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    [...] shaking as I write this. I have a very bad feeling that Wyatt may be working this job tonight. I just looked and his car isn’t in front of his house so I know he’s probably at work. [...]

  11. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    This is so incredibly sad.

    The LAST thing this city needs to do is lay off police officers, it’ll turn this city into Camden.

  12. wagonsux Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I spent some time with Bob last night. Needless to say, he’s beside himself. I pulled up to his Father’s house to see if the Detail Officer needed a relief. I saw Bob in the window of the house. I wanted to stop in, but I didn’t know what to say. I’m not good in these situations (who really is?). Bob saw me, and came outside. He invited me in, and I’m glad he did. We talked for about an hour. I can only imagine the pain Bob and his family is feeling.

    We had a lot of work to do last night, but it was eerily quiet. It seemed none of us were really there, we were just going through the motions.

  13. realwest Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Damnit all. I’m sorry on the loss of your brother Wyatt.
    Really sorry for his widow and their unborn child.
    WTF is wrong with Philadelphia anyway? When did it become open damn season on Police Officers anyway?
    Glad his partner and anther cop shot the mofo.
    Condolences to his family.

  14. Ride Fast Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    We’re very sorry for your loss, Wyatt.

    Our kind thoughts and prayers for Officer Pawlowski, his family and friends. Same for the entire PPD, for that matter.

    Godspeed everyone,
    Ride Fast & The Commandress

  15. Alan B Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 11:31 am


    Are you equipped routinely with body armour (bullet-proof jackets)?

    IF NOT, WHY THE **** NOT?

  16. outsidephilly Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Our hearts are heavy for Officer Pawlowski’s family!

  17. Old NFO Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Thoughts and prayers sent…

  18. Skul Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Sad. Condolences to all.

  19. leoni2 Says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Condolences to the officer’s family and to the department, Wyatt. I hope that the scum will soo get what he deserves.

  20. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 7:48 am

    E.L. – The powers-that-be are letting the criminals run the city, and won’t let us take it back. That’s what’s happening to the city.

    B.A.- I’d appreciate him more if his actions backed up his words. They usually don’t.

    RT – And the piece of garbage is still alive. Hopefully, his status will change soon.

    Morgan – Bastard doesn’t deserve to live.

    Diller – Wish the roles were reversed. Wish John were still here.

    Ky person – Scumbag will probably live longer than I will.

    Admiral – Thank you.

    Lillian – It won’t stop until the bosses allow us to send a message. And we both know that’s never going to happen. This city is too p.c.

    Mrs. Crankipants – We’re pretty much there already.

    Wagonsux – If you see Bob again, please let him know that I am very sorry for his loss. And for God’s sake, please be careful out there.

    Real – It’s been like this for a while. It’s a shame, but until the gloves are allowed to come off, this nonsense will continue.

    Ride Fast – Thank you.

    Alan B – John was wearing his vest. He was shot just above it.

    Outsidephilly/Old NFO/Skul – Thank you.

    Leoni2 – You and me both.

  21. Mario Mirarchi Says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Not again. RIP

  22. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Wow. This is just happening entirely too often. well… one death is too many, but you know what I mean.

    …And even worse – a father to be, that never got to see his kid, and a kid that will have never have met his brave dad. That’s such a shame, truly it is. :(

  23. Philadelphia Loses Another Police Officer | Says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    [...] Story here.  The suspect is still on life support, and will hopefully help save the taxpayers some money and trouble.  It’s going to get worse in that city, since the Mayor’s response to the budget crisis is to slash the police force. [...]

  24. Dave Says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Please convey our condolences and deepest sympathy to Ofc. Pawlowlski’s widow, and to the Philadelphia PD, on behalf of myself and the Dallas (NC) PD. Keep the faith, guys. We are praying for you.

  25. outsidephilly Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Channel 28 ran a segment showing a spokesman from your station, the fortitude y’all are displaying during this time is quite heartwarming!

    Again, we continue to pray for your department, and for Mrs. Pawlowski.

    And we thank you for your willingness to safe guard philly’s streets!

  26. joe o'rourke Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Godspeed Officer John Pawlowski your loss will never be forgotten by those who live free of fear because of your sacrifice. R.I.P.