Police Officer Shot and Killed During Altercation in Philadelphia
In a tragic incident that occurred on Friday, January 26th, a police officer was shot and killed during an altercation in Philadelphia. The incident took place near Mascher and Cambria Streets, when officers entered a nearby grocery store and encountered a group of males.
According to city police, while attempting to stop one of the males, later identified as Alexander Spencer, a scuffle broke out between Spencer and the officers. In the chaos, Spencer fired a single shot, striking one of the officers in the leg. In response, the wounded officer’s partner returned fire, fatally striking Spencer.
Tragically, Spencer was pronounced dead upon arrival at Temple University Hospital. During the incident, a handgun belonging to the suspect fell to the floor, and an unidentified male picked it up before fleeing the scene. Police are now considering this male as a person of interest in the shooting, warning the public that he is armed and dangerous.
The wounded officer was immediately transported to Temple University Hospital and is currently in stable condition. The circumstances surrounding the altercation and the specific details of the incident are currently under investigation.
The injured officer is a 9-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, assigned to the 24th District. The officer who discharged their weapon is a 5-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, also assigned to the 24th District. As per standard procedure, the discharging officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs and Officer-Involved Shooting investigations.
Authorities are actively working on gathering further information about the incident and will release updates as they become available.
This shocking incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face daily while carrying out their duties. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured officer and their loved ones during this difficult time.