Police officer wounded, suspect killed in overnight gun battle

Above and below: Police investigate the scene following a gun battle which left one police officer wounded and a suspect dead early Tuesday. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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A Philadelphia Police officer was hospitalized with a head wound and a suspect was dead following a gun battle early Tuesday, in the area of Torresdale and Magee Avenues in the Tacony section of the city. According to police, officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun around 12:45 a.m. when a man opened fire, striking the officer, and police returned fire.

Police have identified the wounded officer as Stephen Korpalski, a 14-year veteran assigned to the 15th District. Korpalski was listed in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center with a deep grazing head wound.

Medics rushed the wounded 29-year-old suspect to the Aria Health Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Investigators said they recovered a revolver at the scene.

Local media reports:

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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