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Jesus Christ, Not Again!

By Wyatt Earp | August 26, 2005

For the third time since June, the Philadelphia Police Department will be wearing mourning crepes. Early this morning, we lost another one of our own. The officer was shot in the chest by two thugs while sitting in his vehicle in a North Philadelphia neighborhood. He was pronounced at 3:05am. The officer was in plain clothes, but sitting in an unmarked police vehicle, so it is uncertain if he was on duty. Details are still sketchy, but the last update I heard was that 9th District officers witnessed someone fitting the description of the shooter run into a residence on 20th Street. The SWAT team was enroute.

If this suspect is indeed the shooter, I hope he comes out of that house in a body bag.

Update: The murdered officer’s name is Terrence Flomo, 50. He was a nine-year veteran of the force and was assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force. He had gone off-duty at 10pm, but it is unknown why he was in that neighborhood. Flomo, married and the father of four children, was conscious and talking when taken to the hospital, (Police Commissioner Sylvester) Johnson said. Currently, the department has no suspects nor motive.

Topics: Philly, The Job | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Jesus Christ, Not Again!”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 6:42 am

    I am so sorry to hear that yet again the PPD will again mourn the loss of another.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Flomo’s friends and family. May he R.I.P.

    PLEASE be careful out there, Wyatt.

  2. Dr. Phat Tony Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 8:55 am

    Wyatt, why won’t people wear their vests?

  3. Steve Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 11:55 am

    Man, That is not right!! We will be thinking of his family!!

    Tony is right!! Where those vests!!!! Keep your head down and your powder dry!!

    Stay safe Wyatt!!

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 12:54 pm

    Anon – Thanks. I am ALWAYS careful.

    Doc – From what we’re hearing, Terrence was an off-duty narcotics officer. He wouldn’t wear it off-duty. If he was on-duty and in plainclothes, he wouldn’t necessarily be wearing it, because it’s so easy to spot. For the record, I ALWAYS wear mine.

    Steve – Thanks!

  5. Anonymous Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve heard that some P/O’s don’t wear their vest while working inside. Why is that?

    Although probably highly unlikely, some whacko COULD come in to a PD and start shooting.

    I sincerely hope you wear yours too if you ever get stuck working inside.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    wiseass (n) – one who makes sarcastic or “smart” remarks.

    I don’t wear my vest when I work inside, because I’m gonna live forever. :P

  7. Insolublog Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    My condolences to officer Flomo and his family. Many of us civilians put police and fire in the same category of hero as soldiers, defending our security with their lives. I don’t envy a person who has to see the worst humanity has to offer, then loses their life over it.

  8. The Conservative UAW Guy Says:
    August 26th, 2005 at 6:28 pm

    He and his family are in our prayers.
    I’m glad you wear your vest, Wyatt.