A familiar call went out over police scanners earlier today: Officer down.
Detective Albert Ford Jr. was shot while serving an arrest warrant in North Philadelphia, less than a week after Officer John Pawlowski was laid to rest. Luckily for Ford and a Police Department still reeling from the murders of Pawlowski and six other cops in the past three years, his injuries weren't fatal.
Ford, a 20-year veteran assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, and another cop went to a house near Germantown and Indiana Avenues looking for Kevin Robinson, who was wanted for a prior shooting, police said.
Robinson opened the door and then ran back inside the house when he spotted the cops. At one point, he turned and fired, wounding Ford in the upper thigh, police said. The other officer returned fire, striking Robinson, who collapsed and died on the ground outside. Ford was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition, where he was later joined by his wife and four children.
Pawlowski, 25, was fatally shot on Feb. 13 at Broad and Olney streets when he and his partner tried to help a hack cab driver. Pawlowski's alleged killer, Rasheed Scruggs, was also wounded during an ensuing shoot-out with police that night. He was released from Albert Einstein Medical Center earlier today and taken to a local prison.