FOLCROFT, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities say a suspect is in custody after a police officer was shot several times in Delaware County Friday morning.
The suspect was identified as Donte Brooks Island. It took about three hours for upwards of 200 police to track down and arrest the alleged shooter.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Three others were taken into custody, but they have not yet been charged. The main suspect, though, is well known to law enforcement.
Island, who also goes by the name Abdul Wahi, lives in the Folcroft Station Apartments where police caught him allegedly smoking weed and dealing drugs.
It happened around 10 a.m. on Baltimore Avenue near Elmwood Avenue in Folcroft while the officer was conducting a drug investigation behind an apartment complex.
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Authorities say the 25-year-old officer, identified as Christopher Dorman, was shot seven times in the leg, chest and stomach, and transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
He was then airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
Officials say Dorman is currently in critical, but stable condition.
“Thank God the officer was wearing his vest. It may have saved his life,” police said at an afternoon press conference. “His mother and father are here, they’re obviously upset,” said Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski.
Officer Dorman was with the department for a little over a year, authorities say.
“He’s a Folcroft resident. He is a Folcroft volunteer fireman, and then he became a police officer just a little over a year ago. He’s done nothing but serve his community constantly.”
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Dorman was the first to arrive on the scene and was apparently ambushed by the shooter. A fellow officer, who was originally responding to the narcotics call, took to helping Dorman.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan told reporters about Island’s prior criminal record.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
“The defendant is a career criminal, is a drug dealer,” Whelan said. “He also has been convicted of firearms violations, has been serving a long sentence of approximately 15 years in the federal penitentiary and was only relatively recently released.”
Mike Dougherty, Kristina Dougherty, Kristen Johanson, David Madden contributed to this report.