Philadelphia Officer Fatally Shot During Murder Suspect Apprehension

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Philadelphia Police Officer Shot, Killed While Serving Homicide Warrant

A Philadelphia police SWAT officer was shot and killed while serving a homicide warrant at a home just outside the city center early Friday morning.

SWAT Cpl. James O’Connor, 26, was serving the warrant at around 5:41 a.m. in the Frankford neighborhood when an unknown person opened fire from the back of a closed door on the second floor of the house, according to the authorities.

The 23-year veteran was struck in the shoulder and sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital and was pronounced dead at approximately 6:09 a.m.

O’Connor, together with other officers, had been trying to serve an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Hassan Elliot who was wanted for a robbery and murder case which happened on March 2019 in the area.

During the incident, O’Connor’s colleagues returned fire after he was struck, and two people who were behind the door were injured. The two are expected to survive.

Elliot was not shot and was taken into custody. The authorities stated that he would face charges for 2019 Homicide and Friday’s shooting as well.