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Man Accused of Nearly Shooting Philly Police Officer

The officer was on the 1200 block of South 56th Street in the Kingsessing neighborhood Tuesday night when a gunshot was heard police say

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A Philadelphia police officer is recovering after suffering powder burns during a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia Tuesday night. 

Two officers responded to an armed domestic call at a home on the 1200 block of South 56th Street in the Kingsessing neighborhood around 10:40 p.m. to find a young man, later identified as 19-year-old Devon Smith, standing on a porch.

Smith had both of his hands in his pockets and indicated that he had a gun in one pocket, investigators said. As an officer approached him, Smith allegedly pulled out the gun and fired. The shot missed the officer but caused gun powder burns to his face.

The second officer then disarmed and arrested Smith, according to police.

Investigators initially said the officer was grazed, but on Wednesday morning clarified that he actually suffered powder burns to his face and temporary hearing damage. He was treated in stable condition at the hospital.

The bullet appeared to be just inches away from seriously injuring the officer.

Smith is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on police and other related offenses.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office requested that Smith be detained pre-trial. On Wednesday, Smith's bail was set at $2.5 million, according to court records.

Online court records don't name a specific attorney who could comment on Smith's behalf.

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