By Wyatt Earp | February 14, 2009
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/T – FOX29)
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.