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Philadelphia Police Officer Murdered

By Wyatt Earp | September 23, 2008

Officer Patrick McDonald

Officer Patrick McDonald

Jesus Fucking Christ! This makes two Philly officers murdered in 18 days, and a total of four officers murdered in the past twelve months! You know, if the mayor and the police commissioner would let us take the gloves off, incidents like these would stop.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― One officer was killed and a second was wounded during a shooting in North Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

A suspect opened fired on two officers during a foot pursuit on the 2200 block of Colorado Street at about 1:45 p.m.

One of the officers, identified as highway patrolman Officer Patrick McDonald, 30, was shot multiple times in the upper torso and was rushed to Temple University Hospital. Officer McDonald, an eight-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m.

The second patrolman, identified as Officer Richard Bowes, 35, was struck in the hip and was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital. He is a 12-year veteran of the force and is married with three children.

According to authorities, one suspect was killed in the incident. A female was taken in for questioning, but further details were not immediately available.

Oh, and for those of you who have forgotten what we have been through in the past year, this bears repeating:

Officer McDonald’s death brings the number of officers killed this year to four. (H/T - CBS3)

Please pray for the officer’s family.

(Captain America has more HERE.)

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22 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Officer Murdered”

  1. RT Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    The impotent leaders of Philadelphia have created a situation where the officers are now targets.

    This is just ridiculous.

    Such sad news for yet another family and an already grieving police force.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    RT - Our mourning crepes are still on for Officer Nazario, and now this. The thugs have declared war on the Philadelphia Police Department. It’s high time we are given permission to respond in kind.

  3. kaveman Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Prayers to all.

    Never been to Philly, but all communities are the same. The good citizens need to take the gloves off as well. The only reason evil people thrive is because the good people look the other way.

  4. Another very sad day in Philadelphia « RT’s Ponderings Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    [...] Instead of leaving comments here, please leave them on Wyatt’s site. [...]

  5. USA_Admiral Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Very tragic news. I will be praying for them both and all of you guys in the line of fire.

  6. doubleplusundead Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I said it last time too, the fact that they’re so willing to open up on police like this is alarming. Philly needs to take back the city from their criminals or this is going to keep happening.

  7. Trixie Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Wyatt: prayers for you, the entire department and Officer McDonald’s family.

    Stay safe.

  8. TrekMedic251 Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    The thin, blue line keeps getting thinner. :(

    My prayers go out to everyone at the PPD!

  9. Not Again,… | Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    [...] was slain when he responded to a robbery at Pat’s Cafe in Frankford. Please visit my friend, Wyatt, and extend your condolences [...]

  10. grimjack Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    They need to execute the killers from the 80’s and work their way to the present.

  11. Lillian Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Heartfelt condolences sent to the family of Hwy Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald, and to all his family in blue.

    May he R.I.P.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery also go out to Hwy Patrol Officer Richard Bowes.

    Be safe out there, Wyatt.

  12. Bill Shaw Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    As the cousin of a Philly officer and having close ties to the Montgomery County Sheriff and District Attorney’s office, I extend my most humble and heartfelt condolences to the family and “brothers and sisters” of this hero, Officer Patrick McDonald.

    God Bless you all, and keep you safe in your tour(s).

    Bill Shaw

  13. Rick Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    My prayers go out to the officers families and the whole department.

    September 24th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    [...] about his son the Police Officer at the firehouse with obvious pride. I never met Patrick but Wyatt did and apparently saw him often. Such is the inbreeding between our Departments. That explains for [...]

  15. Jennifer Gallagher Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Wyatt, you know how much I love and respect all you Philly cops. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends and fellow officers. This is another sad day for the people of Philadelphia and the Police that patrol the once great city.

    I watched briefly on the news this evening the report of what happened. I see that the criminals are no longer afraid of the Police and under the last few administrations including this new regime things have seemed to have gotten worse. There is now no question that the theory of having fewer police is a miserable failure and a wrong headed approach. The Philadelphia Police has to strengthened, they have to be supported by the city administration and it may be time to start the search for a new Police commissioner with new rules of engagement on the street.

    I cried about that young man tonight and my heart aches for all of you men and women that Protect and Serve. God Bless all of you Wyatt.

  16. Insolublog Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    We are in a culture war folks.

    A War.

    Political correctness and the culture of catering to professional victims of identity politics, in our judicial system, to rationalize B.S. psychobabble criteria, is now responsible for killing our peace officers on a regular schedule.

    Seven times the world average of lawyers per capita, and the subsequent effect on the judicial system, has created a form of cruel insulation to the punks who foment this type of anarchy. Page Anthony Burgess to aisle five.

  17. Ky Person Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Well, crap!! I know some people who don’t believe in the existence of evil. They are fools. This proves it.

    God bless that good man and his family.

  18. BadIdeaGuy Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t know what to say. I’d hope that the citizenry, elected leaders, and Philadelphia PD leadership will “go to the mattresses” and start talking about eradicating the culture that allows this type of evil to thrive and changing the rules of engagement.

    But I’m not optimistic.

    I’ll keep Officer MacDonald, his family, you, and your brothers in law enforcement in my prayers.

  19. burger714 Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Take the handcuffs off the police and take the city back by force. Long Live Frank Rizzo.

  20. Jason Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    War has been long declared.

    Will the city respond in kind or follow the true path of the left: surrender at all costs.

    My prayers go out to the PPD. You all should be carrying M4’s with suppressors and select fire capability.

  21. Old NFO Says:
    September 24th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the family and all of you. The loss of a fellow officer is always tragic.

  22. Chicago PD Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 2:08 am

    I wish to express my deepset sympathies on behalf of the Chicago Police Department. Officer Patrick McDonald-R.I.P. Brother and may the Lord alleviate the suffering of those who you left behind. God Bless the McDonald Family.