Attempted murder charges upheld against man accused of shooting Philly officer

Kristen Johanson
May 21, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Jerome Hill and Officer Paul Sulock

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The case against a Philadelphia man charged with attempting to murder a police officer last fall in Kensington will head to a higher court, after charges were upheld against him during a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors first called their key witness: Officer Paul Sulock, a highway patrolman who was shot in the leg on Nov. 7, 2018. 

The 11-year veteran told the judge he was driving down G Street, near Hilton Street, in his patrol car, when he saw 30-year-old Jerome Hill and another man firing at each other.

The defendant, recalled Sulock, was walking toward him with his back turned, but when he finally turned around, he said Hill began to fire at the officer.

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Sulock described a "burning" sensation in his leg and realized he was hit. A bullet fragment also hit his calf. Sulock stayed in the hospital overnight and returned to work in March.

Sulock said he and his partner, who chased Hill, knew the defendant from patrolling the area. 

Authorities also showed surveillance video from cameras at markets and homes in the area, which resembled Sulock’s account.

The defense asked for the case to be dismissed because of a witness, who authorities say they haven't been able to identify and only know as "John Doe."

Judge William Austin Meehan Jr. denied the request, and the charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault on law enforcement, and other related offenses willl stand.

Charges of hindering apprehension and obstruction of justice against James Gauthney, who was another man involved in this case, were dropped in April, after the District Attorney’s Office said it was the "right call" to drop the case.

Hill remains in jail and is set to be arraigned next month.