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Philadelphia Police Officer Killed At Apparent Airport Vehicle Break-In

Two off-duty Philadelphia police officers were shot while approaching several men who appeared to be breaking into a vehicle in a parking garage at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday night. One was killed and the second was injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Police said one or more of the shooters had fled from the shooting scene at the airport in a black 2022 Dodge Durango. Shortly after the shooting, a black Dodge Durango dropped off an 18-year-old man at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with two gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead. A gun belonging to one of the off-duty officers may have been taken from the shooting scene. The officer killed was 50 years old and had served 22 years on the force. The officer was pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The second officer, who is 60 years old, was wounded. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was in stable condition. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says a lack of gun control laws shares some of the blame. Krasner added that law enforcement across multiple agencies are working to find the responsible shooter, but lack the ability to match crime scene ballistics to firearms through a database of gun sales. In Pennsylvania, a state law prevents law enforcement and government agencies from having firearm registries.

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