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Off-Duty Officer Shot, Friend Killed

Officer shot and friend killed on the block where policeman lives

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    Off-Duty Officer Shot, Friend Killed
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    Officer Martin Cambell, 23, was shot and his friend killed when two men tried to rob them Wednesday night.

    An off-duty Philadelphia Police officer was shot in the leg and his friend was killed during a robbery attempt Wednesday evening, say police.

    Philadelphia Police Officer Martin Campbell, 23, was shot in the thigh at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday on the 4400 block of North Marshall Street -- where he lives.

    The officer's friend, Rasheem Allen, 29, was shot in the head and killed. He is the 302nd Philadelphia resident to be killed this year.

    Martin was walking with Allen and another friend when two males approached them with a gun and tried to rob them, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

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    Campbell had his gun on him, but did not have the chance to discharge his weapon. Martin is a two-year veteran of the force, said Ramsey.

    Martin, who works for the 5th District, was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in serious condition, as the bullet hit an artery in his leg, said police.

    The officer is expected to make a full recovery, Campbell's brother told NBC Philadelphia.

    Police took two men into custody just after 10 p.m. at 11th and Venango Streets -- just blocks from the hospital, officials said. During the arrest, one of the suspects was shot in the groin after grabbing for a gun.

    Investigators are working to determine if the men had a role in the robbery. The injured man was taken to the hospital for treatment. The second man is being questioned at Police Headquarters.

    A press conference is expected to be held Thursday afternoon on the case.