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Philadelphia hospital hit by shots fired by off-duty police officer

Hospital Safety Insider, June 2, 2016

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Philadelphia police are sorting out the details of a complicated incident in which an off-duty police officer shot at another driver and wound up sending bullets into the lobby of a Temple University Hospital facility, according to a report from WPVI-TV.

The incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. on May 31, when an officer who had just left work was riding a motorcycle when he collided with a car that was making a turn. According to the report, officer was knocked off his bike and started walking toward the car.

The report said that after the officer identified himself, the male driver of the vehicle sped off, dragging the officer. He told his commanding officers he saw the man reaching for the center console and what he thought was a weapon. The officer fired his gun an unknown amount of times, and one bullet shattered the window of Temple University Hospital's Outpatient Services Center, which was closed and empty at the time.

According to the report, police searched for hours for the other vehicle involved in the crash, and the driver turned himself in the next morning. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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