PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officer Ed Miller was in great spirits on Monday night, considering the circumstances. He’s been in uniform for 35 years and said at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Northeast Philly, that his mind is on the other victims shot.
“Training just kicks in and you do what you have to do,” Officer Miller said.
Miller, 56, spoke publicly for the first time since he was shot in the hip and leg by suspect Nicholas Glenn. It was all caught on surveillance video. Police say Glenn was on a shooting rampage in West Philadelphia on Friday night.
“The threat has always been there. It’s just a little more out there. You just have to be better prepared when you go out. Be alert all the time, just like all the public has to do,” Miller said.
He underwent surgery and left the hospital on Sunday. His mind on fellow police officer, Sylvia Young. She too was a victim of Glenn’s gun.
She continues her recovery at the hospital. The FOP held a benefit for both officers on Monday night.
“I wish her the best. She definitely had to deal with more than I had to deal with,” Miller said of Young.
Philadelphia Police officials tell Eyewitness News Glenn was no stranger to the department. He was arrested several times in the past. Authorities say Glenn began shooting just before 11:30 p.m. on Friday night in the 5200 block of Sansom Street. Young was ambushed by Glenn.
He then continued his rampage, firing shots into a bar, where he shot two people. He then shot two more people sitting in a nearby car, killing the woman inside after shooting her in the chest.
His final victim was Miller, who cornered the suspect on S. 48th street.
Glenn fled, but was eventually shot to death by police officers. “Cops are getting ambushed out there for no reason,” said Steven Weiler, the FOP Lodge 5 Vice President. “A cop pulls over to do paperwork and you have to watch your back.”
Authorities tell Eyewitness News they believe Glenn fired his weapon at least 51 times. He had a note with him titled “Doomed People,” where he expressed how much he hated law enforcement.
“It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood,” Miller explained. “We’re together for life.”
Young is expected to be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday.