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Even after being shot, suspect keeps beating Pa. officer

Assailant was struck five or six times, according to police

By Mike Newall
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A police officer was released from the hospital Saturday evening after being beaten with his own baton during what authorities called a "life-or-death struggle"; Saturday morning that ended with a robbery suspect wounded outside a busy shopping center in West Philadelphia.

"This was an absolute battle," said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, "and we are very lucky this officer was not killed."

About 10:30 a.m., the officer pulled up to investigate the report of an attempted robbery outside a restaurant near the Park West Town Center at North 52d and West Jefferson Streets. The uniformed officer was alone in a marked police cruiser, Evers said. Police did not release his name.

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