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Philadelphia Police Officer Shot

By Wyatt Earp | July 16, 2010

The shooting happened in my old district, in the middle of my old sector. I can tell you from experience that it is one of the worst neighborhoods in the city, and it was homicide central when I was there. To give you a better idea, my partner and I used to carry an extra box of 9mm ammo in our briefcases . . . just in case a gunfight broke out.

Sadly, it appears like nothing has changed.

A Philadelphia Police officer remains hospitalized Friday morning in stable condition after being struck in the leg during a shootout. The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of N. Water Street in the city’s Kensington section.

According to police, the incident began when Officer Kevin Livewell and his partner from the 24th District pulled over a van that matched the description of a vehicle reportedly used in a shooting earlier in the day on Thursday. As the uniformed officers exited their marked car, at least two suspects immediately opened fire on the officers.

Officer Livewell and his partner returned fire. During the exchange, Officer Livewell was struck in his right leg below his knee. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he remains listed in stable condition.

One of the toads involved is in custody, but we’re looking for at least one more suspect. Expect Mayor Nutter to focus the blame those eeeeevil guns instead of the thugs that actually pulled the triggers.

Topics: Philly, The Job | 15 Comments »

15 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Officer Shot”

  1. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Thankfully he wasn’t seriously injured.
    Fingers crossed that you nail the other lowlife.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Mrs. Crankipants – Just another day in paradise.

  3. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Good Luck to the Officer who was hit. We’ll be praying for you.

    I am tired of the barbarians…….

    God Save US………………..

  4. John D Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Yeah, if it hadn’t been for the evil guns, the shooters would have been in church raising money for orphans and praying for world peace, rather than on the streets shooting cops.

  5. Andrew Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    This city is 90% sub-human savages.

    I hope they catch the other douche and accidentally land some blows in his face with their night sticks before cuffing him.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    LDIV – They passed the gate and are on the attack.

    John D – And helping old ladies cross the street.

    Andrew – I’d say 25% savages, 50% who don’t care either way, and 25% good people.

  7. Richard McEnroe Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Guns don’t vote.Thugs do.

  8. Andrew Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Yeah that’s probably an accurate estimate.

  9. Robert B. Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    May God grant the officer a speedy and complete recovery.

    And may He protect all those who protect and serve. Stay safe, Wyatt.

  10. Sebastian Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Struck in the leg, sounds like he’ll be OK. That’s good. Hopefully it didn’t cause too much damage. Disappointing that neither of the BGs are achieving thermal equilibrium currently, but good on catching at least one.

  11. bob (either orr) Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    People like those two don’t deserve any civility.

  12. Raptor Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Media’s already focusing on the guns. As far as I could make out, they had 2 AR-15s and an SKS. I had to laugh out loud when some PPD high-up (think it was a deputy chief) refer to the SKS as a, and I quite “state-of-the-art assault rifle.”

    Thank God Officer Livewell is going to be okay. Here’s hoping the shooters get cornered by SWAT and die of acute lead poisoning.

  13. MUD Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Make them go to the range and practice. If they had been well trained it would have been Bad Guys 1 Good guys 2. OK, the officer got shot and that will make you aim poorly but his partner should have shot straight and often.

  14. Bob G. Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Looks like the “two-four” has, indeed NOT changed all that much from decades ago.
    Water street…it figures.

    I’m hoping Off. Livewell makes a speedy recovery, and if this were the “the good old days”, I’d hate like hell to be a cop-shooter when the 5-0 rolls up on his sorry ass.

    When a shooter of an officer was caught, he wound up at the roundhouse (make that the hospital) in a lot LESS than pristine “cuff ‘n stuff” condition.

    Sometimes, you had to “take the scenic route” with the meat wagon.

    But in those days, there was a LOT more respect for the thin blue line.
    Today, (sadly) not as much.

    You stay safe out there.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Richard – Early and often.

    Robert B. – No worries here. I’m gonna live forever!

    Sebastian – He’ll roll over on his buddies. Guaranteed.

    Bob – Probably not, but they’ll still get their day in court – and hopefully years in prison.

    Raptor – I think is was Deputy Commissioner Ross. Good guy that definitely misspoke.

    MUD – Good luck with that. I am using ammo that’s three years old. The last two times I went to qualify, the armory didn’t have new ammo to give us – budget crisis and all.

    Bob G – No respect at all, but hey, at least we have job security, right?