As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Police Officer Patrick McDonald - [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Officer Patrick McDonald was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to reports of a man with a gun on North Colorado Street. At least one suspect opened fire on Officer McDonald and a second officer, striking both. The second officer sustained non-life threatening wounds.
One suspect was shot and killed by return fire and a second suspect was taken into custody.
Officer McDonald was assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit.
Philly officer killed, 1 wounded on duty
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The mayor says one of the two police officers shot in a confrontation in north Philadelphia has died.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday afternoon that the second officer was wounded.
The officer who was killed is the fourth Philadelphia officer to die in the line of duty in the last year.
Authorities earlier Tuesday afternoon said a third person was dead at the scene of the confrontation in a residential area. They have not said what sparked the shooting. News reports have said the dead man was a suspect.
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