Off-Duty Officer Released From Hospital After Shooting Behind House

A Philadelphia Police officer, who was shot outside his home early Sunday, was released from the hospital as police continue to search for the shooter.

Officials with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania told NBC10 that Officer Robert Penn was released on Monday.

Penn, 46, was shot in the shoulder around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday as he got out of his car in the driveway behind his house on the 7300 block of Brentwood Road in the Overbrook Park section of the city, officials said. He lives in the home with his two children and wife, a lieutenant in the department.

The 19th District officer had just finished his shift and was in plain clothes when he was shot, police said.

The bullet struck Penn, a 24-year veteran of the force, in the shoulder and exited his back, police said. He was rushed by police cruiser to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was treated before his release on Monday.

Penn told detectives an unidentified man, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing all black clothing, walked up to him, muttered a few words and then fired, according to investigators.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, but police have interviewed several possible witnesses, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215.686.TIPS.

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