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Philadelphia Police Officer Shot

By Wyatt Earp | October 31, 2007

Another officer shot. Another suspect dead. Welcome to Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Police have recovered the body of a suspect who shot a Philadelphia Police officer in Center City Tuesday night.

Officer Mariano Santiago, an 18-year veteran of the force, was shot once in the shoulder by a suspect at 22nd and Sansom Streets in Center City around 10:30 p.m. The 43-year-old officer and father of three was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said Santiago’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

According to police, the incident began when a masked suspect opened fire on three people inside a vehicle near 15th and Sansom Streets.

Officer Santiago responded to the shooting, encountering the suspect at 22nd and Sansom Streets, police said. The suspect allegedly fired two shots through the windshield of the officer’s cruiser, striking him once in the shoulder. Officer Santiago returned fire, chasing the suspect for a little over a block.

Several eyewitnesses said the suspect jumped from the Walnut Street Bridge into the Schuylkill River following the shooting. Sources said police witnessed the suspect struggling in the dark waters, but were advised not to go after him for their own safety.

Over 100 police officers and marine units searched the Schuylkill River until a body was found at about 2:45 a.m. (H/T - CBS3)

Oh, that’s a shame. In the last week, two Philadelphia police officers have been shot. Both of the officers will recover. Both of the shooters are dead. Sounds like a Happy Halloween to me.

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