PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer was shot and wounded while trying to stop two men from stealing a car, officials said.
Officer James McCullough was shot once in the left leg Sunday night.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney visited him in the hospital.
“He looks good. And he’s very strong,” Kenney said.
The 24-year-old officer and his partner were flagged down Sunday night by a woman who told them that two men were breaking into her car. As they approached the woman’s vehicle, two men got out and started to run away, police said.
“Officer McCullough tackled one of the males. Almost instantly he was shot in his left leg,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.
Police said McCullough then fired three times at the suspect, who continued running, before tending to his own wounded leg.
“It is important to point out that he applied a tourniquet himself because he was bleeding profusely,” Ross said.
McCullough’s partner drove him to the hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition.
The suspects were taken into custody a short time later. Their names were not immediately released.
McCullough has been on the police force for two years. He’s engaged to be married and has a 2-year-old daughter.
“This is what they do. It’s a dangerous job. But they do it with pride and professionalism, and we’re very proud of them,” Ross said.