Police said that an off-duty correctional officer turned the tables on a carjacking, firing on the suspect in the Olney section of Philadelphia. The 59-year-old corrections officer was just leaving a friend’s house when he was the victim of a carjacking along the 200 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard around 11 p.m., police said.
The man reported to police that he got into his Toyota Avalon, and before he realized it, a man who was wearing a surgical mask and a hoodie pulled him out of the car at gunpoint and went inside. That’s when police reported that the correctional officer grabbed his gun and fired five shots at the suspect, who then fled.
“Police officers, within about 20 to 25 minutes, located the Toyota Avalon about a half a mile away in the 4900 block of Bingham Street. That vehicle was found with five bullet holes in it and also a lot of fresh blood inside the driver’s seat, and some on the center console,” said the Police Chief of Philadelphia, Inspector Scott Small.
The bullets penetrated the driver’s side window, the door and the front windshield. Police said that a short time later, a man showed up at Temple University Hospital with gunshot wounds to both arms. They believe he may be the person responsible for the carjacking and theft.
“There’s a possibility that that 21-year-old shooting victim may be the individual that committed this robbery carjacking,” Small stated. The corrections officer was not hurt in the carjacking. The investigation is ongoing.
When it comes to District Attorney Larry Krasner, he’s been blamed and criticized all over Philadelphia for being soft on crime and not prosecuting enough criminals, theoretically contributing to the staggering crime problem plaguing the once beautiful city.
Fox 29 interviewed Krasner, reporting the following: “We are dealing with the worst spike in gun violence over the last two now almost two-and-a-half years that we have seen in a very very long time. I think it’s awful,” Krasner said. “I mean obviously every homicide is awful, but the numbers are very upsetting. It’s the kind of thing that keeps us up at night.”
When asked if he thought 2022 would be more deadly than 2021, which saw 560 homicides by the end of the year, Krasner was unsure.
“The truth is I don’t know, but I will say this. From the beginning, what we have seen is that it was about 1.5 homicides per day in Philadelphia during the period of the pandemic,” he said. Right now, we’re very close to where we were last year. I mean the terrible news, we’re close to where we were last year. The good news, we aren’t twice as high.
Krasner, who was elected and reelected on the campaign platform of criminal justice reform, stands firm on his belief that funding prevention efforts will lower crime.”
Krasner’s work is clearly not working and most Philadelphians would agree to that, but for some reason, the residents can’t seem to get him out of office.