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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Officer Patrick McDonald, 30, was shot in the chest, rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition and later died

Officer Patrick McDonald, 30, was shot in the chest, rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition and later died, authorities said. He was single and an eight-year veteran of the department.Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer was shot dead and a second officer was wounded Tuesday afternoon when a chase and gun battle resulted from a car stop in North Philadelphia.Police said the alleged gunman was also shot and killed during the incident that occurred around 1:45 p.m. near the 2200 block of North Colorado Street.Officer Richard Bowes, 35, was struck in the hip and reported to be in stable condition. He has 12 years on the force and is a married father of three. Daniel Giddings, was wanted in connection with an August assault on four Philadelphia police officers.Police are still looking for Giddings' girlfriend, who police said was also in the car stopped by McDonald.
Officer Called For Backup During Car StopDeputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Tuesday afternoon that McDonald called dispatch for assistance on the 2100 block of Bouvier Street. McDonald apparently stopped a late-model, burgundy Buick occupied by a man and a woman, whom the officer was questioning. When the man took off running, McDonald gave chase and got into an altercation with the man.
Sources say Giddings stood over McDonald's body and fired at least seven and perhaps as many as nine shots into his body. The bullets from went through the officer's vest.Police questioned one woman who witnessed the shooting, but officers are also on the lookout for Giddings' girlfriend, who drove off in the Buick.Ross said officers responding to back-up McDonald spotted a man running toward them on the 2200 block of North Colorado Street and gave chase. Bose exchanged gunfire with the man at Colorado and Dauphin streets and was shot.The suspect then ran to the 2300 block of North 17th Street, where he fell and died of his wounds, Ross said.
The first officers at the scene could not see McDonald and did not initially know what had happened to him, Ross said.Investigators said the slide lock was pulled back on the .45-caliber, semi-automatic weapon recovered at the scene. The entire clip had been fired.McDonald was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:08 p.m.



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