Officer shot in Kensington released from hospital

Paul Kurtz
November 08, 2018 - 12:38 pm
Paul Sulock, in a light-blue T-shirt, leaves Temple University Hospital.

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UPDATED: 4 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia police officer shot in the line of duty in Kensington Wednesday morning has been released from the hospital.

Officer Paul Sulock has left Temple University Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg. Vice president of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Roosevelt Poplar, said that things are going well so far.

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"He's in good spirits," Poplar said. "He's in stable condition, and he's just in recovery mode."

Fellow officers formed two lines and saluted Sulock as he walked out of the hospital Thursday afternoon with family members to a waiting car. 

Poplar said officers visited Sulock since he arrived at the hospital, paying their respects and wishing the 31-year-old father of four a speedy recovery. He said Sulock has also gotten a lot of well wishes from people he's never met.

"We have gotten a lot of posts from social media from the public. It's amazing to see the outpour of support from the public when officers are in a situation like this, and we thank them for that," he said.

Sulock was shot after he and his partner came across a confrontation between two men that was about to turn into a shootout. Despite being shot in the leg, Sulock was able to chase down and arrest one of those men. The other suspect was also arrested. 

Sulock was never in mortal danger, but Commissioner Richard Ross said Sulock's injury is a sobering reminder to everyone on the force.

"Sadly, we've had occasions at this very hospital where the outcome was not the same," said Ross. "When you can line up in a formation like that celebrating the release from the hospital as opposed to the transfer to the medical examiner's, it's major."

There has been no word yet on when Sulock will return to active duty.

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KYW Newsradio's Dan Wing and Paul Kurtz contributed to this report.