Officers Save Fellow Cop's Life After Suspect Struggle

An officer suffered a heart attack, according to sources, during a struggle with a suspect in the city's Logan section

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    Philadelphia Officer Michael Graff is in a medically-induced coma after suffering a heart attack during an altercation with a suspect. (Published Friday, Nov 30, 2012)

    A Philadelphia Police Officer was in a medically-induced coma Friday following an altercation with a suspect.

    Two of Officer Michael Gwynn's fellow Philly cops were being credited with saving the 31-year-old's life. 

    Police say Gwynn, a four-year veteran of the force who is married with two kids, was injured during a violent struggle with a 42-year-old suspect that he stopped for unknown reasons on 7th and Louden Streets around 12:45 a.m.

    Gwynn, who was on alone on patrol, had a heart attack during the altercation, sources confirmed to NBC10.

    The officer called in the incident but his radio band was somehow switched during the altercation. A civilian saw the incident and called 9-1-1 directing responders to the exact location.

    When 35th District Officers Timothy Straus and Jeffrey Lendzinski arrived at the scene they found Gwynn unconscious on top of the still struggling suspect. This is what police say happened next.

    "Straus drove the car to Einstein, meanwhile Officer Lendzinski was in the back of the police car taking Officer Gwynn's vest off, doing the CPR," said 35th District Police Capt. Joseph Fredericksdorf. "By all accounts from the people at Einstein those few precious moments said his life."

    Gwynn remained in critical but stable condition early Friday evening.

    Two other officers subdued the suspect Havon Cooper. Police say Cooper has a record of robberies and aggravated assault.

    Police investigated what caused Officer Gwynn to stop the suspect.

    "Detectives are currently surveying the neighborhood for witnesses and anyone that may have video footage to help along in the investigation," Police Lt. Stafford said in a news conference.

     


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