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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 20-year-old man described by a Philadelphia prosecutor as a “gun-toting, pistol-packing thug” has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he shot three Philadelphia police officers in two separate ambush incidents in December.

gorman kevin wounded1 Trial Ordered For Man Accused Of Shooting 3 Philadelphia Cops In 2 Incidents

(Officer Kevin Gorman is still recovering from his wounds.)

Officer Kevin Gorman (right) testified that defendant Nasuil Martinez (top photo) shot him at point-blank range during a foot pursuit (see related story).

“Once Officer Gorman got to the bottom of the fence, Martinez — from a shooter’s position, being higher and elevated — fired twice,” prosecutor Mark Gilson says.

Gorman, shot in the shoulder, is still recovering and is not sure when or if he will be able to return to duty.

And a SWAT officer has testified that just two weeks after that shooting, Martinez lay in wait for him and a partner as they tracked him to the basement of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.  He says Martinez opened fire in the dark, hitting two officers.  One was saved by his helmet and the other, shot dead center in the chest, was saved by his protective vest (related story).

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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