Man charged with shooting Philly police officer during traffic stop in Kensington

Ramon Rodriguez Vázquez is charged with shooting a Philadelphia police officer during a traffic stop in Kensington

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UPDATE: Officials revealed new details on the timeline of the shooting. Latest updates here.

Officials identified a man who is charged with shooting a Philadelphia police officer during a traffic stop in the city's Kensington neighborhood on Saturday.

Ramon Rodriguez Vázquez, 36, was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, violation of the uniform firearms act, evading arrest, tampering with evidence and other related offenses.

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Vázquez is also charged with burglary, kidnapping, criminal trespassing, simple assault, terroristic threats and other related offenses in connection to a home invasion, police said.

On Sunday, NBC10 obtained video of one of the suspects in the shooting running away with a gun in their hand. It's unknown at this time if the person in the video is Vázquez or another person who was arrested in connection to the shooting.

Footage obtained by NBC10 shows the man, who officials believe shot a police officer in Kensington on Saturday, fleeing shortly after the shooting.

The incident unfolded Saturday, June 22, shortly before 8 p.m. as two Philadelphia police officers were conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle with four people inside along the 3500 block of F Street, according to officials.

While the officers were conducting inventory on the contents of the car, they saw a holster, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel said during a press conference late Saturday night.

A man in the car -- later identified as Vázquez -- fled the scene and fired his gun three times at the officers, striking one of them in the neck, according to investigators.

The officer's partner returned fire at the suspects, according to Bethel.

The injured officer -- who is 31-years-old and a six-year veteran of the police department -- was taken to Temple University Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

All of the people in the vehicle, and the person of interest in connection to the shooting, are in custody, Bethel said. Police are not looking for any other suspects.

SkyForce10 was over the scene just before 10 p.m. Saturday where police could be seen leading a person in handcuffs into a van.

A law enforcement source told NBC10 the other people who were inside the vehicle with Vázquez were three women. Those women are currently cooperating with police and have not been charged at this time, according to the source.

During Saturday's press conference, Commissioner Bethel asked for Philadelphians to pray for the wounded officer.

"Today I sat in the auditorium with about 75 to 100 men from the East Division and we held hands as Commissioner Stanford brought us together. And we prayed for our officer," Bethel said. "And so today I ask the people across the city of Philadelphia to pray for our officer and pray for the men and women who are here today or are out in the field knowing they are going to give their lives for this job."

A Philadelphia police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot in the neck while conducting a traffic stop in the city's Kensington neighborhood, officials said. Police said all suspects involved in the incident and a person of interest are in custody. 

Mayor Cherelle Parker -- who described the officer as a husband and father -- asked for prayers as well.

"We need to pray for this Philadelphian serving, protecting the people of our city, doing a noble job under very tough circumstances," Parker said. "His partner, I want us to pray for him as well because he was an act of courage by making sure that our noble law enforcement officer made it here so that the men and women right now and the best medical professionals available here at Temple University are doing the best they can to provide the best medical services possible."

On Sunday, Parker tweeted that the injured officer was on life support.

One neighbor, Yoleiky Castro, who lives near where the shooting happened, told NBC10 that she was walking to the corner store with her siblings when they heard three gunshots.

"It was awful, it was really awful," Castro said. "It was crazy. It was like 30 cars."

Then, she said, they saw the police helicopter overhead.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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