PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A SWAT officer is in stable condition after he was shot in the chest in North Philadelphia Tuesday night.
The incident happened at about 10 p.m. near Broad and Parrish Streets.
Investigators say the officers stopped a vehicle with three men inside near the BP Gas Station on Broad Street after they were alerted by a woman who indicated the men had weapons.
During the stop, one of those men reportedly pointed a gun at the officer, later identified as 44-year-old Jose Roman.
At that point, authorities say Officer Roman’s partner discharged his shotgun, striking one of the suspects in the vehicle.
Authorities believe the wounded officer, a 19-year veteran of the force, was struck by a ricochet bullet. Police say he was likely saved by the bulletproof vest he was wearing and is recovering at Hahnemann University Hospital.
“Fortunately, we are glad to report that he is okay. He had the wind knocked out of him,” said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross. “He is in good spirits right now, his wife his with him.”
The injured suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. The two other suspects were taken into custody. Police say they recovered two guns from the suspect vehicle.