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Philadelphia Police Officer Shot

By Wyatt Earp | June 14, 2009

<i>Officer Ashley Hoggard</i>

Officer Ashley Hoggard

And once again, the shooting occurred in my division.

A 26-year-old Philadelphia Police officer is at Temple University Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained while patrolling the streets, early Sunday morning.

Police say that Officer Ashley Hoggard and his partner, both of the 39th district were out patrolling the streets as part of Operation Pressure Point, when they heard gunshots coming from the area of 13 and Somerset Streets around 2:30 a.m.

I know Officer Hoggard. We work the same schedule, and he is always at the division with arrests. Good cop, nice guy.

Lieutenant Vanore, of the Philadelphia Police said, “They observed a male that they believe was firing a weapon, they took cover position as they seen him heading in their direction.”

Despite taking the cover position to protect himself, police say that Officer Hoggard was shot once in the shoulder. Hoggard’s partner drove him to Temple University Hospital where he remains in stable condition.

Thank God for that. As we in Philly know by now, it could have been much, much worse.

When police arrived at the scene they recovered a gun and came across three other victims who had also been shot. We are told that these three people are also listed in stable condition.

The suspect was not apprehended and remains at large. (H/TCBS3)

Well, enjoy your freedom while it lasts, scumbag. We’ll find you, and we’ll bring you in to face (hopefully) swift justice.

Topics: Philly, The Job | 14 Comments »

14 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Officer Shot”

  1. joated Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’m kinda hoping you guys bring him down and not necessarily in. THAT would be swift justice.

  2. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Speedy recovery to the officer and a speeding bullet for the scumbag. Sounds like this dude doesn’t want to be taken here’s hopin’ you can oblige.

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I pray for a complete return to health for this brave man.

    I can’t wait until you guys get this savage off the streets.

  4. Alan B Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    A few random thoughts …

    Gunman. Three others victims – happy to gun down a cop. Rival drug gangs?

    Hope you can get the low life off the streets but watch out for yourselves.

    Wounded in the shoulder? Was he issued with a bullet proof vest?

    If you can, would you get a message of support to Officer Hoggard from the UK? Sounds like he is doing a great job and maybe now is a good time to tell him. Thank you.

  5. Morgan Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Wyatt, make sure when you catch this scumbag, make sure he “slips” on a bar of soap, at least once.

  6. RT Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I’m glad he will be okay. I can’t imagine how on edge the officers must be.

  7. Old NFO Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Glad the officer is going to recover, too bad he didn’t take the perp out…

  8. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    “Sure is a hard town for a fella to have a quiet game o’ poker in.”

    Glad Officer Hoggard wasn’t seriously wounded.
    Prayers go out to all of you guys.
    Be careful out there.

  9. TexasFred Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    All the best to Officer Hoggard, he will be back I am betting!!

    I want to extend an invitation to you, your readers and ANY officers you know, take a look at

    This site is simply a tribute site to ALL officers, past, present, active, retired and deceased… You are most certainly welcome there! Fred

  10. Rick Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    My prayers are with this officer and his family.
    I hope the scum that did this gets caught soon.

  11. Raptor Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Dang. Heard about this on the radio this morning. My prayers are with Officer Hoggard and his family, and I hope he makes a complete and quick recovery.

    Wyatt, if you find the **** that did this, give him a failure drill for me, would you please?

  12. Kate Says:
    June 14th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Many prayers for a speedy recovery for this young hero. And yes, that’s what y’all are….heroes!

    I wonder if I’ll go to hell if I also pray for a speedy demise for the scum bag that pulled the trigger? :?

  13. Mario Mirarchi Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Speedy recovery to Officer Hoggard. Let’s hope the injuries aren’t permanent.

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Joated – Whatever works, right?

    Jon – And he’s an equal opportunity shooter. He hates everyone.

    Admiral – Nor can I.

    Alan B – The first two shots struck his vest. The third hit him in the shoulder.

    Morgan – I’ll be happy if he drops a bar of soap . . . in prison.

    RT – It’s open season, and we all have a bullseye on our backs.

    Old NFO – Agreed.

    Mrs. Crankipants – Thanks much.

    TexasFred – Great stuff, great site!

    Rick – Hopefully, he’ll be in cuffs by the end of the week.

    Raptor – Let’s get him first. Then, hopefully, he tries to resist.

    Kate – The police officers are heroes. I’m a detective, which means I’m a secretary with a gun.

    Mario – The only bad thing we heard is that his arm use may be slightly limited due to the location of the entry wound. Hopefully, that is not the case.