According to accounts, three Philadelphia police officers were shot Wednesday evening, and the suspect was killed.
According to FOX 29, the policemen were rushed to a hospital with “non-life-threatening” injuries and are “alert and talking,” according to law enforcement sources, including a police commander.
During the incident in the city’s northeast, one of the officers was reportedly shot in the hand, and the other two were hit in the arm. According to FOX 29, two of the policemen are men and one is a woman.
It was unclear whether the suspect was killed by police or what prompted the 7 p.m. gunshot on Whitaker Avenue.
Philadelphia, like many other American cities, has seen a rise in crime in recent years. According to Philadelphia Police Department figures, the city has surpassed 500 killings in the last two years, and overall crime is up nearly 16% year so far.
According to Philadelphia Police Department figures, the city experienced approximately 70,000 property crimes in 2022, a 30% rise from the previous year. Meanwhile, armed robberies have reduced by roughly 13% but remain higher than pre-pandemic levels.
“When I think about Philadelphia and the community which we serve, the West Philadelphia area, crime there is still very prevalent,” Victoria Wylie, who co-owns a hoagie shop that has hired armed guards, told Fox News Digital. “So being someone who is reopening a business that’s really popular, that people have been waiting for, we don’t know who’s coming.”