Officer Hit by Bullet, Saved by Vest

Police believe a fragments ricocheted and hit the officer's lower back area.

A Philadelphia Police Officer was injured by a bullet just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Broad and Parrish Streets in North Philadelphia.

Investigators believe the bullet ricocheted and hit Officer Jose Roman's bulletproof vest in his lower back.

Roman, a member of the SWAT team and a 19-year veteran of the force, was in stable condition and is in good spirits at Hahnemann University Hospital, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said after the shooting.

Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told reporters Wednesday that SWAT officer Jose Roman was “a little sore” but feeling good -- and relieved to have been wearing a bulletproof vest.

Ross told NBC10, Roman and his partner were on routine patrol when a woman flagged them down and told them the occupants of a white sedan pointed a gun at her.

The officers located the white Chevy Impala at a gas station at Broad and Parrish a short time later, said Ross.

They ordered three men to get out of the car and put their hands up. One of the men pointed a gun at the officers, according to Ross.

Roman's partner fired a shotgun at the suspect and part of a shell ricocheted and hit Roman's vest, said the injured officer.

One of the suspects, a 21-year-old man, was shot and was in critical condition at Temple University Hospital, but expected to survive. Police took the other two suspects into custody. Police say they recovered two handguns.

Ross told NBC10 Roman had the wind knocked out of him but still managed to handcuff one of the suspects.

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