A Philadelphia police officer who was shot Wednesday morning while he tried to prevent a shooting in Kensington has been treated and released from Temple University Hospital, according to the police department.
Paul Sulock, 31, was shot in the upper leg while apprehending one of two men who were about to shoot at each other about 11 a.m. in the 3100 block of Reach Street. Not long after Sulock made the arrest, police cars swarmed the neighborhood near the Market-Frankford Line and arrested a second suspect about noon.
Fellow officers transported Sulock to the hospital in critical-but-stable condition. A 10-year veteran and father of four, Sulock was released from the hospital shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday.
“We are very fortunate right now given those circumstances,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who visited with Sulock on Wednesday ”The quick action of these police officers probably saved the lives of these people involved, quite frankly. There was going to be a shooting, no question about it.”
Police were uncertain when Sulock will return to duty.
Sulock and his partner had been patrolling the area when they saw two men crouched behind parked cars preparing to exchange fire. The two exited their patrol car and approached the men. One of them opened fire on the officers and struck Sulock in the leg. However, the officer still managed to chase the suspect down and apprehend him.
There were no other injuries.
Sulock is the second officer to be wounded in the line of duty in the last three months. Officer Jason Potts, 49, was shot in the jaw in early August while attempting to serve a warrant. He was hospitalized at Temple and was released after about a week.