Rookie Phila. officer shot in face during traffic stop


By Barbara Boyer, Larry Eichel and Andrew Maykuth
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA A rookie Philadelphia police officer who chased a suspect for more than a block after being shot in the face is undergoing surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital this afternoon, police said.

Officer Richard Decoatsworth, 21, was making a traffic stop at about 9:05 a.m. on Farson Street near Market Street in West Philadelphia when a man fired a shotgun at the officer, Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said.

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