By Jim Melwert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia police officer shot in the line of duty yesterday inside a Hunting Park convenience store underwent another surgery Wednesday morning and is listed in critical condition. (see related story)
Edward Davies, 41, remains sedated, and police commissioner Charles Ramsey says the six-year veteran of the police force needed another surgery overnight, and he will likely lose one of his kidneys. Ramsey asks for thoughts and prayers for the officer and his family — a wife and four children.
The suspect, Eric Torres, 31, is in custody. Commissioner Ramsey says Torres is no stranger to the criminal justice system with a dozen prior arrests – including assaults against police officers.
“He should never see the light of day … ever. And whatever it takes to do that, we’re going to do it.”
Officer Davies was shot in the abdomen below his bulletproof vest while he was wrestling with Torres inside a convenience store after Torres had fled a routine traffic stop. Officer Davies was the first to respond.
The gun used to shoot Davies, a 45-caliber glock, was reported stolen during a robbery last year. There is no word yet where Torres got it.