Cop injured in shootout with man in front of SEPTA bus in Wissinoming

KYW Staff
November 21, 2019 - 11:19 am
Wissinoming shooting

Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio


UPDATED: 2:05 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One officer was injured in a shootout with an armed man on a SEPTA bus full of passengers in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday morning.

Around 10 a.m. near Torresdale Avenue and Howell Street, in the Wissinoming neighborhood, officers responded to a report of a man with a gun. When they arrived, they saw the suspect getting on a Route 56 bus.

Another team of officers intercepted the bus at the intersection. Officers then boarded the bus, where the suspect brandished his weapon.

The cops retreated off the bus, and the suspect followed with gunfire. Two officers — a 30-year-old and 31-year-old — returned fire. Officials believe each officer fired three times.

A third officer, 37-year-old Donald Revill, arrived on the scene to assist, and ended up scuffling the suspect to the ground. Subsequently, Revill was shot in the right arm.

Revill, who is married and has a 15-year-old son, only suffered a graze wound. He was treated at Aria Health-Torresdale Hospital and released shortly after 1 p.m.

The suspect was shot multiple times. He was taken to Temple University Hospital by police. The suspect, identified as a 54-year-old man, is in critical but stable condition.

No passengers on the bus were hurt, and everyone was safely taken away from the area. The 15 people who were aboard the bus are being interviewed by police.

Police are on the scene and actively investigating.

Startled by gunfire

Dave, who did not want to use his last name, was driving to work when he got caught in the middle of the shooting.

“I heard (bullets) pinging off the car, and I thought, ‘Oh man, I can't back up, and I can't go forward, the next one could hit me,' ” he said.

Authorities later found Dave's Lincoln Continental was hit by three bullets.

Although visibly shaken up even a few hours after the incident, Dave said he's counting his blessings. Being that close to rampant gunfire is like nothing he's ever experienced before.

“The last one I knew it came in the car because it was real close. You could feel the pressure in the car. If I had my kid in the car, it would be a different story,” he said.

Other passersby were also concerned for children’s safety, as the shooting took place just feet away from a day care center. Fortunately, it was not affected.

Malcolm Johnson was less than a block away from the shootout, too. He found refuge with others in a corner bar.

“I just saw a cop car coming toward Torresdale Avenue, sirens on. You heard it stop, and then shots fired. As we looked out when the shots stopped, you saw a man on the floor,” he said.

Counting blessings

Mayor Jim Kenney visited Officer Revill before he was released from the hospital.

“It's a beautiful, sunny, fall afternoon. You never know what's going to happen when you go to work. And thankfully, he'll be going home tonight to his family,” he said.

“It looks like we're going to be very fortunate here,” added acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter. “It could have been a way worse situation.”


KYW Newsradio's Mike DeNardo, Justin Udo and Rachel Kurland contributed to this report.