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    Officer Honored By President Obama Involved in Shooting
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    Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth (R) stands by the First Lady during President Barack Obama's address to Congress on February 24, 2009.

    Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth was shot in the line of duty nearly two years ago when he was a rookie cop. He recovered and went back on the street. Tuesday, he had another very close call.

    Officer DeCoatsworth was on his motorcycle, trying to disperse a crowd in the Logan section of the city during the early afternoon.

    He was jumped and attacked by a man. The two struggled and Officer DeCoatsworth's gun went off, according to sources.

    The suspect was hit but took off running. Another officer responding to the scene shot the suspect dead, according to sources.

    Officer DeCoatsworth was shot in the face nearly two years ago when he approached a car during a traffic stop. He momentarily lost his sight but was still standing.  When he could see again, DeCoatsworth (face bleeding) chased the perpetrator for several blocks before collapsing. He'd also called in enough information by radio that police were able to track down and arrest the suspect later that same day. The gunman was convicted and sentenced to at least 36 years in prison.

    DeCoatsworth was honored by his peers as a 2008 Top Cop and recognized during President Obama's economic speech to the country back in February. He sat right next to the First Lady.