A police officer shot in the lower abdomen Tuesday remained in critical condition.
Officer Edward Davies, a six-year veteran of the police force, underwent surgery from a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon.
After a traffic stop by Davies, the suspect fled to a corner store in the Feltonville neighborhood.
A struggle ensued.
“We were told it was a pretty violent struggle that lasted at least two minutes, perhaps longer, between the suspect and at least two officers, perhaps two,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, standing outside Temple University Hospital, where Davies was being treated.
Ramsey said the suspect, 31-year-old Eric Torres, has a history of arrests that includes assaults on police. Torres’ 45-caliber Glock was reported stolen last year.
“We’re talking about one of the more powerful handguns at close range,” said Mayor Michael Nutter, adding that this was one reason the city continues to focus on getting illegal guns off the streets.
According to Ramsey, Davies on Tuesday evening was in “very, very serious condition” and will likely undergo several more surgeries.
“Let us keep our thoughts and prayers and focus on police officer Edward Davies, doing his job, trying to protect the citizens of this city,” Nutter said.