Cop shot in South Philly expected to recover; 1 suspect arrested

Tim Jimenez
May 29, 2020 - 8:25 am
Jefferson University Hospital

Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio


UPDATED: 2:05 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An off-duty Philadelphia police officer is expected to recover after he was shot in the leg Friday morning.

Lt. Robert Friel
Philadelphia Police Department
Third District Lt. Robert Friel had surgery and is expected to be OK. Officials spoke to the 48-year-old married father of three and said he is in good spirits.

Police say they were looking for a 50-year-old man who, according to a 911 call, was suicidal, had been using narcotics, and was armed with two handguns and a high-powered assault rifle.

Friel, who was off-duty, spotted the man at the CVS at 10th and Reed streets in South Philly. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said he went in to help.

In a struggle inside the store, Outlaw said, the man shot a 9mm semi-automatic firearm, hitting Friel in the left leg.

She said he even grabbed the lieutenant’s gun and fired it into the floor.

Officers were able to arrest the man without further injury, while Friel was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where he has been in stable condition.

Friel happens to be the brother of Officer Joseph Friel, who was killed by a drunk driver in the ‘90s.

Robert Friel is a 28-year veteran of the force.