In a shocking scene at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night, an unidentified police officer was attacked while working a detail for Officer Jesse Hartnett, the officer who was shot multiple times in his patrol vehicle last Thursday
According to police, he was approached on his way into the hospital by a man who told him he was hungry after not eating for 5 days, and asked him “Do you have any money to spare?” The officer handed the suspect a five dollar bill and continued on. After some time, according to the officer’s statement, he returned to the emergency room and was near the exit doors when the same male approached him while his back was turned, and attempted to grab his gun from the holster.
The officer felt the man’s hand on his weapon and quickly turned around, engaging in a brief struggle before subduing the man. The hospital’s security team and other officers responded immediately with support. The interaction was caught on hospital surveillance.
Upon arrest the man confessed he wanted to use the gun to conduct a robbery. He sustained a minor facial injury during the scuffle. No one else was hurt.
The Philadelphia Police say that the cases are unrelated, but they are using this incident as a public service announcement recognizing the quality of service that the police provide, and the inherent dangers associate with day to day policing.
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