Philadelphia Officer Angelo Romero Shot While Shielding 2-Year-Old Son From Gunfire
Philadelphia Officer Angelo Romero Shot While Shielding Son From Gunfire
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Officer Angelo Romero was shot Friday evening while shielding his 2-year-old son from gunfire.
Officer Angelo Romero was off-duty with his 2-year-old son along Parrish Street near 10th St at around 4:45 PM when a group of teens with guns came around the corner.
NBC Philadelphia reports that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the teens are estimated to be between 15-years-old to 18-years-old. After they came around the corner, a gunfight broke out among the teens.
Officer Romero was peppered in the legs and buttocks with bullet fragments, and one of his thumbs caught a bullet. The 2-year-old was not injured, he just had his father’s blood spattered on his face.
The officer fled to a nearby relative’s house with the child, and then attempted to take himself to the hospital. Officer Angeleo Romero has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
At the time of the shooting, Officer Angelo Romero was not carrying his weapon with him.
“He was just so, so lucky. We are so glad that his 2-year-old was not struck and that he took immediate action to protect his son,” Commissioner Ross said. “We’ve got these young guys out here with these guns, just wanting violence. It makes no sense.”
Philadelphia Police Department is still investigating the shooting, and they are working to identify and apprehend the suspects.
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