By Matt Rivers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police officer Ed Davies remains in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Temple University Hospital, according to his partner, who spoke with CBS 3.
Davies was shot after chasing Eric Torres, who fled from police during a traffic stop.
Torres allegedly shot and wounded Davies after trying to hide inside a corner grocery store at 4th and Annsbury.
So far, Davies has undergone two surgeries at Temple University Hospital and remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma.
His partner told CBS 3 during an off-camera interview that Davies has a long way to go in his recovery.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Davies and his family, and this just shows you what kind of dangers are in officers’ faces day in and day out,” said John McNesby, President of the Philadelphia FOP.
McNesby said politicians need to better address the availability of guns on Philly streets.
“We’ve been screaming about this for years,” said McNesby.
The crime comes as the department’s use of deadly force is under federal review.
“Maybe they should investigate people shooting at cops all the time instead,” said McNesby. “It’s like target practice out there on us.”
Still, McNesby said his organization would fight that battle another day. He said the immediate focus would be on supporting the Davies family.
Over the next two days, the police will sponsor a blood drive in Davies’ name.
Members of the general public can go to Red Cross Donation Centers over the next two days at 700 Spring Garden and 1401 Rhawn Street to donate.