Philly shooting leaves suspect dead, officer hurt

Authorities say a Philadelphia police officer grazed by a bullet in an exchange of gunfire that left a suspect dead has been released from the hospital.

Officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun in the Tacony section of northeast Philadelphia shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said they spotted a suspect, who began firing, hitting a police van and grazing Officer Steve Korpalski, a 14-year-veteran. He is expected to be all right, although “a half-inch over and we’d be planning a funeral now,” Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

Authorities said several officers returned fire, hitting the suspect multiple times. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. His identity hasn’t been released. The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene, where yellow evidence markers dotted the street marking bullets, shell casings and fragments.

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“It’s something that unfortunately does happen periodically,” Ramsey told reporters. “We have some pretty brazen criminals, and our officers, that’s what we do — we send them in harm’s way. We put them in the toughest areas to go after the people that are causing a lot of harm out here in our community.”

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