PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities say a suspect is in custody after a police officer was shot several times in Delaware County Friday morning. The suspect was identified as Donte Brooks Island. It took about three hours for upwards of 200 police to track down and arrest the alleged shooter. Three others were taken into custody, but they have not yet been charged. The main suspect, though, is well known to law enforcement.
Island, who also goes by the name Abdul Wahi, lives in the Folcroft Station Apartments where police caught him allegedly smoking weed and dealing drugs.
It happened around 10 a.m. on Baltimore Avenue near Elmwood Avenue in Folcroft while the officer was conducting a drug investigation behind an apartment complex.
Authorities say the 25-year-old officer, identified as Christopher Dorman, was shot at least six times in the face, back and leg, and transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
He was then airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia.
Officials say Dorman is currently in critical, but stable condition.
“Thank God the officer was wearing his vest. It may have saved his life,” police said at an afternoon press conference. “His mother and father are here, they’re obviously upset,” said Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski.
Officer Dorman was with the department for a little over a year, authorities say.
“He’s a Folcroft resident. He is a Folcroft volunteer fireman, and then he became a police officer just a little over a year ago. He’s done nothing but serve his community constantly.”
Dorman was the first to arrive on the scene and was apparently ambushed by the shooter. A fellow officer, who was originally responding to the narcotics call, took to helping Dorman.
Doctors say that it is incredible that Dorman survived. “I was told by the doctors, thank God he had his vest on,” Ruskowski said. “So, apparently there may have been several shots into his vest.”
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan told reporters about Island’s prior criminal record.
“The defendant is a career criminal, is a drug dealer,” Whelan said. “He also has been convicted of firearms violations, has been serving a long sentence of approximately 15 years in the federal penitentiary and was only relatively recently released.”
A 25-year-old cop from just outside of Philadelphia was shot multiple times and left in critical condition after witnesses say…
Island had served about nine years in federal prison on a gun conviction before his release in 2013. His parole officer requested an arrest warrant and revocation hearing in September after Island repeatedly tested positive for marijuana, which he said he used for stress, court records show. But the officer then had trouble finding Island at his listed Folcroft address, and there’s no sign the hearing occurred.
Island was arrested at the same address, an apartment house near the railroad tracks, Friday afternoon after police who had surrounded the building for several hours entered the unit.
Proving what liberals and leftists refuse to believe but is clear when gays, journalists and women are slaughtered by Muslims, the jihadists don’t discriminate as Heavy.com notes, Officer Dorman’s Father Is a Prominent Democrat. As one cop noted:
“To have an officer injured like this, never. I mean you know this is a wake up call for these small towns,” said Ruskowski.
If everyone from cops to the media are ignoring the Muslim angle, they’re either sound asleep or have their heads buried somewhere.